1682: English astronomer
Edmund Halley first
saw his namesake comet. 1833: The New York Sun hired the first newsboy,
1882: Thomas Edison's
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
Greer was attacked by German submarine U-652 off Iceland, marking the unofficial start
of the shooting war. 1951: The first live,
TV 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.
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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. 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.