1818: The U.S.
and Great Britain established the boundary between the
U.S. and Canada
to be the 49th parallel. 1891: English Nobel Prize winner
James Chadwick, discoverer of the neutron, was born. 1944: General
stepped ashore at Leyte in the Philippines, 2 1/2 years after he had said, ''I shall return.''
1956: American aircraft designer Lawrence Bell, founder of Bell Aircraft (maker of
the Bell X-1 the first broke the sound barrier), died. 1960: The length of the
was redefined to be equal to 1,650,763.73 wavelengths in vacuum of the radiation corresponding
to the transition between the 2p10 and 5d5 quantum levels of the krypton-86 atom. 1960: The
first fully mechanized post office opened in Providence,
RI. 1972: American astronomer Harlow Shapley, who discovered the sun's position in the Milky Way galaxy,
died. 1983: IBM-PC DOS
Version 2.1 was released. 1984: English physicist
Paul Dirac, who shared a Nobel Prize with
Erwin Schrödinger, and after whom the
Dirac delta function
is named, died.
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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. Images used in the logos are often from open source websites
like Wikipedia, and are specifically credited with a hyperlink back to the source where
possible. Fair Use
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