Cat Nights begin today. 1807: Robert Fulton's steamboat Clermont made its first trip up NY's Hudson River. 1859: The first U.S. air mail delivery was made in a balloon from Lafayette, IN. 1891: The automobile electric self-starter was patented. 1893: Walter Noddack, discoverer of the element rhenium (Re, 75), was born. 1960: Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy trial opened in Moscow. 1969: Hurricane Camille slammed into the Gulf Coast at Biloxi, MS. 1978: The first trans-Atlantic balloon flight was completed, from Maine to France. 1982: The CD-ROM made its debut from Philips, featuring the group ABBA. 1998: Bill Clinton admitted to Lewinsky affair after a previous public denial. 2000: Robert Gilruth, developer of the Bell X-1 supersonic airplane, died.
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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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