1752: French mathematician
Adrien-Marie Legendre, who introduced the
Legendre Polynomials, was born. 1783:
Leonhard Euler, very familiar to all engineering students and
renowned for his photographic memory, died. 1819:
Jean Foucault, inventor of the
Foucault pendulum, was born. 1830: B&O locomotive
Tom Thumb, the first locomotive built in America, lost a 14-km
race to a horse due to a boiler leak. 1851: The first edition of
New York Times" was published. 1883: The first course in electrical
engineering in a college was established by the College of Engineering,
Cornell University. 1907:
Edwin McMillan, who discovered
plutonium, was born. 1927: The
Columbia Phonograph Company (later the Columbia Broadcasting
System, CBS) made its debut with a basic network of 16 radio stations.
U.S. Air Force was established as a separate military branch
by the National Security Act. 1955 : Ford produced its 2,000,000th
V-8 engine. 1955: The "Ed
Sullivan Show" began on CBS-TV, after having run as "The Toast
of the Town" since 1948. 1973: President
Jimmy Carter filed a hand-written report on a UFO sighting.
1980: Cuban cosmonaut
Arnaldo Tamayo-Mendéz became the first Latin American sent into
space - onboard Soyuz 38.
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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
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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.