1646: English astronomer
who established the Greenwich Observatory, was born. 1662: Child prodigy and mathematical
genius Blaise Pascal
died. 1785: Clock maker
was born. 1848: The New York Herald reported the
of gold in California. 1856:
Gail Borden of Brooklyn, NY, patented his process for condensed milk.
1871: Airplane pioneer
Wright was born. 1906: Philo Farnsworth, credited with inventing the first successful television
system, was born. 1950: Italian physicist
who invented the Giorgi system of measurement that introduced electrical resistance (MKS
Ω, precursor to the SI), died. 1960: A tribunal in Moscow convicted American U-2 pilot
Powers of espionage. 1960:
5, carrying two dogs, was launched into space and were later retrieved as the first
living organisms from space. 1967: Hugo Gernsback, electronics inventor, futurist, marketer,
author, and publisher, died. 1981: Two US Navy
shot down two Soviet-built Libyan SU-22s. 1991: Soviet leader Mikhail
Gorbachev was overthrown in a
coup as Communist hardliners took over. 1994: Nobel Prize laureate
Linus Pauling, who who applied quantum mechanics to the study of molecular
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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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