telegraph line between Los Angeles and San
Francisco was placed in operation. 1871: The
Great Fire of Chicago
broke out destroying about 17,450 buildings, killing 250 people and leaving 90,000 homeless.
1873: Danish astronomer
Hertzsprung, who co-developed the
diagram relating star temperatures with brightness, was born. 1904:
(no relation to The Fonz), discoverer of the element
germanium, died. 1913:
Robert Gilruth, developer
of the Bell X-1 supersonic airplane, was born. 1958: Dr. Ake Senning implanted the first internal
1973: Britain's first independent radio station, London Broadcasting Company (LBC) began broadcasting today on VHF and medium wave. 2001: Two Russian
cosmonauts made the first spacewalk to be conducted outside of the International Space Station
(ISS) without a shuttle present. 2011:
Dennis Richie, developer of
the "C" programming language, 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. 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.