1513: The Pacific Ocean was discovered by Spanish explorer Vasco de Balboa when he crossed the Isthmus of Panama. 1843: Melville Bissell, inventor of the carpet sweeper, was born. 1903: The Wright brothers arrived at Kitty Hawk, NC, to begin work on their first powered aircraft. 1928: Motorola was initially incorporated as Galvin Manufacturing Corporation. 1933: The Collins Radio Company was incorporated. 1956: The first Transatlantic telephone cable was placed in service (Clarenville, Newfoundland to Oban, Scotland). 1973: The three crewmen of Skylab 3 landed in the Pacific Ocean after being on the U.S. space laboratory for 59 days. 1998: Mark McGwire hit his 66th home run, just 45 minutes after Sammy Sosa hit his 66th homer of the season.
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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.
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