1601: Danish astronomer
Tycho Brahe died. 1804: German physicist
Wilhelm Weber, after whom the unit of magnetic flux is named,
was born. 1861: The first
transcontinental telegraph message was sent as Justice Stephen
Field of California transmitted a telegram to President Lincoln.
1836: Alonzo Phillips received the U.S. patent #68 for the phosphorous
friction safety match. 1901:
Annie Edson Taylor made the first barrel ride over the Niagara
Blanche Scott became the first woman to make a solo, public
airplane flight, reaching an altitude of 12 feet at a park in Fort
Wayne, IN. 1938: The
Labor Standards Act established the first minimum wage of 33
cents per hour. 1940: The
40-hour work week went into effect under the Fair Labor Standards
Act of 1938. 1940: French physicist
Pierre-Ernest Weiss, who determined the Weiss magneton unit
of magnetic moment, died. 1941:
William Noyes, who was the first chemist hired by the U.S. Bureau
of Standards, died. 2003: The
Concord SST made its final landing at Heathrow airport.
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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.