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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.
1772: The "Act to Regulate the Practice of Physick & Surgery within the colony of New Jersey," the first doctor licensing commission in the U.S., was put into effect. 1798: George Washington appointed Samuel Osgood of Massachusetts as the first Postmaster General under the Constitution. 1818: Dr. James Blundell preformed the first transfusion using human blood, as opposed to animal blood. 1868: August Möbius, the mathematician who invented the famous single-sided strip that bears his name, died. 1871: A patent was issued to David Saylor for the composition of Portland cement. 1887: Sir Barnes Wallis, inventor of the WWII, 9 kilopound "dambuster" bombs, was born. 1902: Blue jean inventor Levi Strauss died. 1914: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) was established. 1981: The Boeing 767-200 made its maiden flight in Everett, WA. 1982: Paul Kollsman, inventor of the first accurate barometric altimeter, died. 1984: U.K. and China agreed to Hong Kong handover. 1991: Four men and four women began a 2-year stay inside Biosphere Two, in Oracle, AZ. 1996: Astronaut Shannon Lucid returned to Earth in the shuttle Atlantis after 6 months aboard the Russian Mir space station. 2002: Nils Bohlin, inventor of the 3-point should and lap safety belt, died.