Peter Barlow, who invented the Barlow lens that is commonly
used to increase optical magnification, was born. 1792: The cornerstone
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,
Edsel Show." 1971:
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
proton-antiproton collisions. 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.
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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.