Sir J.J. Thomson, who won a Nobel Prize for his work on cathode rays,
was born. 1890: American electrical engineer
a pioneer in radio communications and electronic theory and inventor of the CW transmitter,
regenerative & superheterodyne circuits, and frequency modulation, was born. 1926:
G.N. Lewis coined the word "photon." 1957: The
Shippingport Atomic Power Station in PA, the first civilian nuclear
facility to generate electricity in the United States, went online. 1958: Project
(Signal Communication by Orbiting Relay Equipment), the first American communication
satellite, was launched on an Atlas booster. 1977: Voyager 1 took the first photograph
of the Earth and the moon together. 1997: The 9.3-mile toll expressway,
Tokyo Bay Aqualine
bridge and tunnel that spans the narrowest gap of Tokyo Bay, opened to traffic after
31 years of studies. 1998: ICANN, the
Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers, was formed.
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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.