1752: Today is "The Day That Never Came"
due to switch to the
Gregorian calendar. 1860: J.T. Wray gave the first public demonstration
of a mercury arc lamp on the Hungerford Suspension Bridge in London. 1875: Austrian engineer
who designed the Volkswagen along with his sports cars, was born. 1905: Nobel physicist
Carl Anderson, co-founder of the positron, or positive electron, the first
known particle of antimatter, was born. 1916: The
Adamson Act established
the 8-hour work day (then "Professional" status took it away for us engineers). 1954: "The Lone Ranger" was heard on radio for the final time after 2,956 episodes
over a period of 21 years. 1967: Motorists in Sweden stopped driving on the left side of the
road and began driving on the right side. 1976: The U.S. spacecraft
2 landed on Mars and took the first close-up, color photos of the planet's surface.
| Feb | Mar |
Apr | May |
Jun | Jul |
Aug | Sep |
Oct | Nov |
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.