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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.
Today is the birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins.
1791: Michael Faraday, who discovered
the principle of electromagnetic induction (Faraday's Law), was born. 1914: A
German U-9 submarine sank three British cruisers
in the North Sea. 1939: A uranium atom was split for the first time using the cyclotron at Columbia University. 1949:
President Truman announced that the Soviet Union exploded its first
atomic bomb successfully.
1949: WFMY TV channel 2 in Greensboro-High Point,
NC, made its first broadcast. 1955: The first commercial television broadcasting began in Britain by
ITV (Independent Television), ending the BBC's
monopoly. 1980: A border conflict between Iran
and Iraq developed into a full-scale war. 1993:
Nolan Ryan threw his last pitch in
his final game after tearing a ligament in his arm.