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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.
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
RF Cafe logos
. Where available, I like to use images from postage stamps from the country where
the person or event occurred.
Arthur Compton, who won a Nobel Prize for his discovery of the
Compton Effect, where x-ray
wavelengths change when colliding with electron in metal, was born. 1898:
Waldo Semon, the inventor of PVC plastic, was
Maxie Anderson, who
co-piloted the first transatlantic balloon flight on the
Double Eagle II, was born. 1935: "Popeye"
was heard on NBC radio for the first time. 1939: Canada
declared war on Germany. 1953: Swanson began selling its first "TV
dinner." 1979: President Jimmy Carter granted
Puerto Rican nationalists who had been imprisoned for an attack on the U.S. House of Representatives in 1954
and an attempted assassination of President Truman in 1950. 1984:
Jerome Hunsaker, who in
1916 was awarded the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) first Ph.D. in aeronautical engineering, died.
1984: Alec Jeffreys discovered x-ray
fingerprinting. 1993: "The X-Files" premiered on
Fox Television. 1999: 11
FALN terrorists were
set free from prison following clemency from President Clinton.