Demologos (renamed Fulton I), the first American steam powered
warship, designed by
was launched in New York Harbor. 1929: "Black
Tuesday" descended upon the
NYSE, where prices
collapsed amid panic selling and thousands of investors were wiped
out, and America's "Great Depression" began. 1945: The first
ballpoint pen went on sale in the U.S. 1959:
General Mills became the first corporation to use closed-circuit
television for a multi-location meeting. 1959:
Edith Clarke, the first woman to earn a degree in electrical
engineering at MIT, died. 1969: The first message, "login,"
was sent over the
ARPANET, which was renamed to be called the Internet in 1982
(the one Algore invented). 1993: The
Council of the European Communities signed a directive to harmonize
the copyright protection term to the author's life + 70 years (was
life + 50 in most countries).
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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.