1608: Italian physicist and mathematician
Evangelista Torricelli, who invented the barometer, was born.
1783: French school teacher
Jean Pilâtre de Rozier made a tethered, captive-balloon ascent,
250 feet above the gardens of La Muette, Fance, thereby becoming
the first man ever to fly. 1829: American astronomer
Asaph Hall, who discovered named the two moons of Mars Phobos
and Deimos, was born. 1927:
Oil was discovered at Kirkuk in Iraq. 1928: The German airship
Graf Zeppelin completed its journey across the Atlantic from
Friedrichshafen to Lakehurst, NJ. 1930: American industrialist Herbert
Dow, founder of
Dow Chemical Company, died. 1939: NY mayor Fiorello
La Guardia dedicated the airport bearing his name. 1950:
Telanserphone (later Aircall) of New York City, the first American
radio paging service, sent its first page to a doctor who was on
a golf course 25 miles away. 1997: NASA's plutonium-powered "Cassini"
spacecraft launched toward Saturn. 2003:
China became the third nation to launch a man into space.
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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.