1867: U.S. Bureau of Standards scientist
Louis Austin, who pioneered long-range radio broadcasts, was
born. 1888: The first U.S. patent for a
ballpoint pen was issued to John Loud of Weymouth, MA. 1894:
Daniel Cooper of Rochester, N.Y., received the first U.S. patent
punch card time clock. 1937: The closest approach to the earth
by an asteroid,
Hermes, was measured to be 485,000 miles. 1938: The radio play
War of the Worlds," starring Orson Welles, aired on CBS. 1961:
The Soviet Union detonated a 58 megaton hydrogen bomb over
Novaya Zemlya, and is still the largest nuclear device to ever
be detonated. 1979:
Sir Barnes Wallis, inventor of the WWII, 9 kilopound "dambuster"
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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.