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
Ferdinand Porsche, 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
Viking 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.