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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.
1875: English physicist
Sir Charles Wheatstone, who invented
the resistive bridge circuit that eventually bore his name, died. 1914: The
U.S. Post Office established the first fleet of
government-owned autos for mail delivery to end rampant fraud by private contractors. 1937: British Nobel Prize
Sir Ernest Rutherford, who discovered alpha and beta particles, as well as gamma radiation,
died. 1941: The first
to generate energy for an alternating current central power system was placed in service in Grandpa's Knob, VT.
1953: The first jet transcontinental
nonstop scheduled service began. 1987:
Black Monday - the stock market
crashed as the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 508 points, or 22.6% in value. 1972: American engineer Philip Drinker, who invented the
iron lung, died. 1973: A U.S.
Federal Judge signed his decision following a lengthy court trial which declared the ENIAC patent of Mauchly and
Eckert invalid and named Atanasoff the inventor of the electronic digital computer -- the Atanasoff-Berry Computer. 2006: The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed above 12,000 for the
first time. 2006: Duke University researchers announced the first demonstration of a working invisibility cloak.