1647: Italian physicist and mathematician
Evangelista Torricelli, who invented the barometer, died. 1789:
Samuel Schwabe, who first documented the roughly 10-year sunspot
cycle, died. 1825: The
Erie Canal opened, linking the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.
1877: American astronomer
Henry Russell, who showed the relationship between a star's
brightness and its spectral type, and co-created the
Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, was born. 1888: U.S. explorer
Richard Byrd, the first to make a flight over the North Pole,
was born. 1890:
Floyd Bennett, who piloted the airplane that flew Admiral Byrd,
was born. 1910: William Higinbotham, who invented the first video
for Two," was born. 1934:
Frank Julian Sprague, prodigious electrical design engineer,
died. 1960: The
the world's first electronic wristwatch, went on sale from Bulova.
1962: Belgium's first
nuclear powered electrical generation plant went online.
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Note: These historical tidbits have been collected from various sources, mostly on the Internet. As detailed in
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sources. On RF Cafe,
events with hyperlinks
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. Where available, I like to use images
from postage stamps from the country where the person or event occurred.