dirigible was demonstrated
in a flight from Paris to Trappe. 1870:
Georges Claude, inventor
of the neon light, was born. 1877: Fire destroyed many patent models in the "fire-proof"
U.S. Patent Office, but the important
illustrations records were saved. 1891: William Friedman, the cryptologist who broke the Japanese "Purple" code,
permitting the reading of many critical Japanese messages during WWII, was born. 1929: The
first all-instrument flight took place in New York when
H. Doolittle guided a Consolidated NY2 Biplane over Mitchell Field. 1930:
who commanded of the first Space Shuttle mission (STS-1,
1981), walked on the Moon during the
Apollo 16 mission, and made the first manned flight of the
Gemini III spacecraft
with Virgil Grissom, was born. 1945: Hans Geiger, inventor of the Geiger counter alpha particle detector, died.
1960: The first nuclear powered aircraft carrier,
USS Enterprise, was launched from Newport News, VA. 1975: Dougal Haston
and Doug Scott became the first Britons to reach the summit of
Mt. Everest. 1986: The U.S. Congress the rose as the
national flower. 1991: Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka "Dr. Seuss," died.
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historical tidbits have been collected from various sources, mostly on the Internet.
As detailed in
this article, 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. Many 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. Images used in the logos are often from open source websites
like Wikipedia, and are specifically credited with a hyperlink back to the source where
possible. Fair Use
laws permit small samples of copyrighted content.