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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.
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.