1703: English mathematician
John Wallis, who
introduced the infinity symbol (∞), died. 1886: The
Statue of Liberty,
a gift from the people of France, was dedicated in New York Harbor by U.S. President Cleveland.
1914: Dr. Jonas Salk,
inventor of the polio vaccine, was born. 1922: The first coast-to-coast radio broadcast of
a football game was made. 1962: The
Cuban Missile Crisis
ended after Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev announced that the nuclear missile installations
in Cuba would be dismantled. 1965: The
(Gateway to the West) along the waterfront in St. Louis, MO,
was completed. 1971: England became the 6th nation to launch a satellite, the
1988: John Backus, inventor
of the FORTRAN language
(FORmula TRANslation), died. 2003:
Marie Daly, America's first woman to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry, died.
2005: American Nobel physicist
Richard Smalley, co-discoverer of a form of carbon named the buckminsterfullerene
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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
laws permit small samples of copyrighted content.