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. 1941:
was completed, with carved heads of U.S. presidents Washington,
Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. 1941: The U.S. Navy
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
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
(back when it was a planet).
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Note: These historical tidbits have been collected from various sources, mostly on the Internet. As detailed in
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.
significant historical events and
dates for inclusion in these lists. I will be glad to include your name and birthday. Please do not submit your death
date ;-) A couple 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.