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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.
Edmund Halley first saw his namesake comet.
1833: The New York Sun hired the first newsboy,
Barney Flaherty. 1882: Thomas
Pearl Street electric power station began operations in New York City, becoming the first display of a
practical electrical lighting system. 1882: Thomas Edison's Pearl Street DC Power Station began operation. 1888:
George Eastman received a patent for his
roll-film camera, and registered his trademark, "Kodak." 1941: The American destroyer
USS Greer was attacked by German
submarine U-652 off Iceland, marking the unofficial start of the shooting war. 1951: The first live,
broadcast took place by President Harry Truman from the Japanese Peace Treaty Conference. 1957: Ford began
selling its ill-fated
Edsel. 1964: The 6,156 foot long
Forth Road Bridge, at that time the longest in Europe, opened. 1967: The last new episode of "Gilligan's
Island" aired. 1989: The U.S. Air Force launched its last
Titan III rocket. 1995: Pierre Omidyar launched
AuctionWeb, later changed to eBay.