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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.
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
RF Cafe logos
. Where available, I like to use images from postage stamps from the country where
the person or event occurred.
Peter Barlow, who invented the Barlow lens
that is commonly used to increase optical magnification, was born. 1792: The cornerstone of the
White House was laid. 1860: The first successful
aerial photograph in the U.S. was taken from
a balloon at 1200 feet over Boston, MA. 1916:
General Motors was incorporated. 1945:
Milton Hershey of chocolate fame died.
1953: The first U.S. patent for a burglar alarm operated by
ultrasonic sound was issued to Samuel Bagno. 1957: Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra introduced the
Ford Edsel on an hour long special, "The Edsel Show." 1971:
Alec Harley Reeves, inventor of pulse coded
modulation (PCM), died. 1972:
Herman A. Affel, co-inventor of coaxial
cable, died. 1983:
Ameritech Mobile Communications (now Cingular) launched the first U.S. cellular network in Chicago. 1985:
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory observed the first
1987: Nobel Prize winner
Walter Brattain, co-inventor of the transistor, died. 1992: The U.K. government announced plans
to close a third of its
deep coal mines.