1449: The first
known British patent was issued to
John of Utynam
for a method of making stained glass. 1827: German physicist
known as "the father of acoustics," died. 1829: James Carrington patented his coffee
mill - a very important invention! 1860:
service was inaugurated in San Francisco; it lasted only a year and a half once the telegraph
came online. 1926: Astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom was born. 1948: President Truman signed the
Economic Recovery Act, known as
Plan, which allocated more than $5 billion in aid for 16 European countries. 1965:
The SNAP 10 ion
engine satellite became the first nuclear reactor to orbit Earth. 1973: The first portable
phone (cellphone) call was placed by Motorola employee Martin Cooper on his 10"x3"x1.5",
30 oz. DynaTAC
8000X "shoe box phone." 1996: Unabomber
was arrested. 2000: the
Nasdaq set a one-day record when it lost 349.15 points (before Bush
was even elected).
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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.