Henry John Heinz, founder of the J.H. Heinz Company and originator
of the "57 Varieties" slogan, was born. 1887: A patent for the first
keypad adding machine, the "Macaroni
Comptometer, was granted to
Dorr Felt. 1889:
James Joule, discoverer of the current/resistance/heat relationship
and after whom the unit of energy is named, died. 1958: Lunar probe
1 was launched; it failed to go as far out as planned, fell
back to Earth, and burned up in the atmosphere. 1974: U.S.
Energy Reorganizing Act abolished the Atomic Energy Commission
(AEC) and created both the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and
the Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA - now the
DoE). 1983: The last
hand-cranked (magneto) telephones in the U.S. went out of service
as 440 telephone customers in Bryant Pond, ME, were switched to
direct-dial service. 1984: Space Shuttle "Challenger" astronaut
Kathy Sullivan became the first American woman to walk in space.
spacecraft made a dramatic conclusion to its highly successful mission
at Venus when it is commanded to plunge into the planet's dense
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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.