1774: Jean-Baptiste Biot, co-developer of the Biot-Savart law of electromagnetic induction, was born. 1836: General Sam Houston defeated Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto, which decided the independence of Texas. 1910: Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) died, the same year as an appearance of Halley's Comet and, amazingly, the comet's previous appearance came during November 1835, the year of Clemens' birth (throughout his life, Clemens said that he would "go out with the comet"). 1918: German fighter ace Manfred von Richtofen, "The Red Baron," was shot down and killed during World War I. 1948: The first Polaroid camera was sold. 1972: Apollo 16 astronauts John Young and Charles Duke explored the surface of the moon in their LEM.
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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.
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