American Chemical Society was incorporated in NY. 1914: Frequency hopping
spread spectrum inventor
Hedy Lamarr was born.
1921: Albert Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize for his work with the photoelectric
effect. 1934: American astronomer Carl Sagan (aka
Butt-Head Astronomer), of the PBS series fame, was born. 1961: USAF
Major Robert White flew the
X-15 rocket plane to a record speed of Mach 6.04 (6,587 km/h) and to a
30.97 km altitude. 1965: The biggest electricity grid failure in U.S. history, the "Great Northeast Blackout,"
caused a 13-hour blackout in northeast America and parts of Canada. 1989: East Berlin opened
its borders. 1967: The first flight of the Saturn V heavy booster of the Apollo program (Apollo 4) was made. 1978:
Kirt B. (that's me) entered the USAF to
train as a radar repair technician. 1985:
Gary Kasparov, 22, became the youngest world chess champion. 1992:
Anik A, Canada's
first domestic communications satellite, was launched. 1994: German scientists at the Gesellschaft
für Schwerionenforschung (GSI) in Darmstadt, Germany created the first atom of element 110
(ununnilium, Unn). 2005: The
European Space Agency (ESA)
launched its Venus Express
spacecraft from Kazakhstan. 2011: First nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS).
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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. Fair Use
laws permit small samples of copyrighted content.