First Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia. 1854:
C.W. Post, founder of Post Cereal Company, was born. 1861: The
Pony Express made its last run on the day the first continental
telegraph news dispatch was sent. 1936: The first generator at
Boulder Dam (renamed Hoover Dam) began transmitting electricity
to Los Angeles. 1940: The venerable
P-51 Mustang took its maiden flight. 1951:
Winston Churchill was elected to a second term as Prime Minister.
1954: Chevrolet unveiled its
V-8 engine, at 265 cid. 1956: The
International Atomic Energy Agency was established. 1966:
Intelsat 2, the first Pacific communications satellite, was
launched. 1972: Helicopter pioneer
Igor Sikorsky died. 1977: The experimental space shuttle "Enterprise"
glided to a bumpy but successful landing at Edwards Air Force Base
in California. 1984: "Baby
Fae" received a heart transplant from a baboon.
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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.