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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.
Princeton University, in New Jersey,
received its charter. 1797: French balloonist
Andre-Jacques Garnerin made the first parachute descent, landing safely from a height of 3,200
feet. 1819: The first ship passed through
Erie Canal going from Rome to Utica, NY. 1905: American physicist
Karl Jansky, the "Father of Radio Astronomy" who discovered the cosmic background radiation, was born. 1934:
Famous bank robber Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd assumed room temperature during a run-in with the FBI. 1938:
Xerography (dry writing) was demonstrated by Chester Carlson, thereby demonstrating the process for which
Xerox owns a trademark. 1962: President John Kennedy addressed the nation on TV about the Russian missile bases in
Cuba, marking the beginning of the Bay of Pigs
Cuban Missile Crisis.
1968: Apollo 7 splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean after orbiting the Earth 163 times. 1981: The U.S.
national debt reached 1 trillion dollars (now $8.5T).