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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.
Air Force Appreciation Day 2006.
1737: Italian physician
Luigi Galvani, after whom the word "galvanic" is named, was born. 1776: The 2nd Continental Congress replaced
"United Colonies" with the "United States."
John Herschel took the first glass plate photograph. 1890:
Harland Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, was born (he was not a colonel). 1914:
John Poynting, who introduced a theorem that assigns a value to the rate of flow of electromagnetic energy
known as the
Poynting vector, was born. 1926: The
National Broadcasting Company (NBC) was
created by the
Radio Corporation of America (RCA). 1941:
Dennis Richie, developer of the "C" programming
language, was born. 1942: Japan dropped
incendiaries over Oregon in an unsuccessful attempt to set fire to the forests in Oregon and Washington.
1945: The first "bug" in a computer program was discovered by
Grace Hopper - a moth
was removed with tweezers from a relay and taped into the log. 1982: The world's first private rocket, "Conestoga I", was
Edward Teller, "father of the H-bomb," died.