1682: English astronomer
first saw his namesake comet. 1833: The New York
Sun hired the first newsboy,
. 1882: Thomas Edison's
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
, and registered his trademark, "Kodak." 1941:
The American destroyer
was attacked by German submarine U-652 off Iceland,
marking the unofficial start of the shooting war. 1951: The first
coast-to-coast TV broadcast
took place by President Harry Truman
from the Japanese Peace Treaty Conference. 1957: Ford began selling
. 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
" aired. 1989: The U.S. Air Force launched its last
rocket. 1995: Pierre Omidyar launched AuctionWeb, later
changed to eBay.
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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.