1927: Indian native Narinder Singh Kapany, "the father of fiber optics," was born. 1930: American astronaut
Michael Collins (born
in Rome), who piloted the Apollo 11 command module, was born. 1938: Orson Welles broadcast his famously
shocking "War of the Worlds" radio drama. 1940:
John Renshaw Carson,
developer of the Carson Rule of FM, BW = 2(Δf + fm), died. 1941:
Mount Rushmore was completed, with carved
heads of U.S. presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. 1941: The U.S. Navy
destroyer "Reuben James" was
torpedoed by a German U-boat off Iceland (115 dead), even though the U.S. had not yet entered World
War II. 1956: Rear Admiral George Dufek became the first person to land an airplane (R4D Skytrain Que Sera
Sera) at the South Pole. 1992: The Vatican admitted erring in formally condemning
Galileo Galilei for declaring scientific truths such as the Earth revolves around
the sun, which the Roman Catholic Church long denounced as anti-scriptural heresy. 2005: Two new moons
were found orbiting Pluto (back when
it was a planet).
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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.