1846: Ether was used as an
anesthetic for the first time. 1882: The world's first
hydroelectric power plant in the U.S. was opened on the Fox
River, in Appleton, WI. 1882:
Hans Geiger, inventor of the Geiger counter alpha particle detector,
was born. 1882:
Charles Lawrance, designer of the famed J-5 Whirlwind radial
engine, was born. 1917: Irving Berlin Kahn, inventor of the
teleprompter, was born. 1935: The
Boulder Dam (renamed to Hoover Dam), in Boulder City, NV, was
dedicated 1947: The
World Series was televised for the first time, and the sponsors
only paid $65,000 for the entire series between the Brooklyn Dodgers
and the New York Yankees. 1949: The
Berlin Airlift ended after 278,288 flights and delivery of 2,326,406
tons of supplies. 1954: The U.S. Navy commissioned the
Nautilus submarine as the first atomic-powered vessel. 1968:
Boeing 747 was rolled out the factory. 1982: H. Ross Perot Jr.
and Jay Colburn completed the first circumnavigation of the world
in a helicopter, the
Spirit of Texas. 1985: Seismologist
Charles Richter, who devised the earthquake-measuring scale
that bears his name, died.
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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.