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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.
1752: This was the
last day of the
Julian Calendar in Great Britain and the
British colonies - the
designed to correct the extra leap year day problem went into effect the next day with tomorrow being September
14, hence 11 days were dropped. 1869:
Hiram Percy Maxim, co-founder of the
Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL), was born. 1910:
Blanche Scott, the first woman
pilot in the U.S., made a solo flight at Lake Keuka. 1944: President George H.W. Bush was shot down at Chichi Jima
island, in his
Avenger aircraft. 1945: Japanese
officials signed the act of unconditional surrender (VJ Day). 1948:
Christa McAuliffe, the first
female Shuttle astronaut who died in the Challenger accident, was born. 1969: NBC-TV canceled "Star
Trek" - the show had debuted on September 8, 1966. 1973: English writer
J. R. R. Tolkien, author of "The Hobbit"
and "Lord of the Rings," died. 1987: Philips introduced the
CD-video. 1985: 73 years after sinking off the Newfoundland coast, the wreckage of the
was located. 1998: Pilots for Canada's largest airline launched their first strike in
Air Canada's history.
Dr. Christiaan Barnard, who performed the first human heart transplant, died.