1867: Nobel Prize-winning chemist Marie Marja Sklodowska Curie, discoverer of radium and polonium, was born. 1874: Thomas Nast was the first to portray the Republican elephant. 1885: The spike was driven for the Canadian Pacific Railway, that finally linked the Atlantic and Pacific. 1940: The Tacoma Narrows Bridge (Galloping Gertie) collapsed in Washington state. 1985: NASA launched Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) spacecraft. 1997: Chinese engineers completed the blocking of the Yangtze River, the first step toward what will be the world's largest hydroelectric dam project (Three Gorges Dam).
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historical tidbits have been collected from various sources, mostly on the Internet.
As detailed in
this article, there is
a lot of wrong information that is repeated hundreds of times because most websites do
not validate with authoritative sources. On RF Cafe, events with
hyperlinks have been verified. Many years ago, I began
commemorating the birthdays of notable people and events with
special RF Cafe logos. Where
available, I like to use images from postage stamps from the country where the person
or event occurred. Images used in the logos are often from open source websites like
Wikipedia, and are specifically credited with a hyperlink back to the source where possible.
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