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 box"
Comptometer, was granted to
Dorr Felt. 1889:
discoverer of the current / resistance / heat relationship and after whom the unit of energy is
named, died. 1950: The FCC adopted CBS's
mechanical color TV broadcast standard. 1958: Lunar probe
Pioneer 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
became the first American woman to walk in space. 1994: NASA's
Magellan spacecraft made a
dramatic conclusion to its highly successful mission at Venus when it is commanded to plunge
into the planet's dense atmosphere.
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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
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