dirigible was demonstrated in a flight from Paris to Trappe.
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
Lt. James H. Doolittle guided a Consolidated NY2 Biplane over
Mitchell Field. 1930:
John Young, who commanded of the first Space Shuttle mission
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
Mt. Everest. 1986: The U.S. Congress the rose as the
national flower. 1991:
Seuss Geisel, aka "Dr. Seuss," died.
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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.