John Rennie, designer of the London Bridge, died. 1895: The
Open golf tournament took place in Newport, RI, with Horace
Rawlins, 21 years old, as the winner. 1903:
John Atanasoff, who was belatedly credited as the builder of
the first electronic digital computer (the
Atanasoff-Berry Computer, ABC), was born. 1947:
Max Planck, who introduced quantum theory to the world, died.
1957: The Space Age began as the Soviet Union launched
the first man-made satellite, into orbit. 1958:
R. Smoot, as a pledge for the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at
MIT, was used as a standard to measured the length of the Harvard
Bridge; he later served as chairman of ANSI. 1958: The first trans-Atlantic
passenger jetliner service was begun by British Overseas Airways
Corporation (BOAC) with
Comet 4 flights between Heathrow airport and Idlewild (now JFK).
1976: British Rail began its new 125 mph
High Speed Train (HST) service. 1983: The first
restaurant opened, in Clearwater, FL. 1995:
Edward Lowe, inventor of kitty litter, died.
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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.