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Note: These historical tidbits have been collected from various sources, mostly on the Internet. As detailed in
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.
significant historical events and
dates for inclusion in these lists. I will be glad to include your name and birthday. Please do not submit your death
date ;-) A couple 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.
1844: 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
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
Kathy Sullivan 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.