1686: The first
volume of Isaac Newton's "Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica" was presented to the
Royal Society. 1774: Francis Baily, who studied the solar eclipse phenomenon of Baily's
Beads, was born. 1843:
Noah Webster, creator of America's first dictionary, died. 1916:
Lamborghini, of sports car fame, was born. 1919: The first jump with the Army manually
operated parachute was made. 1926: The term "wave mechanics" was coined by nuclear physicist
Erwin Schrödinger in a letter addressed to Albert Einstein. 1927: The first test flight
of the Spirit
of St. Louis was conducted. 1928:
of Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9 fame, was born. 1930: The first motion picture of a total
eclipse of the sun was taken from an airplane flying over Honey Lake, CA. 1937: Pan American
Airlines made the first commercial flight across the Pacific using its infamous
1952: The U.S. occupation of Japan ended (we've been good friends ever since). 1986:
Russia announced the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster.
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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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small samples of copyrighted content.