William Wollaston, discoverer of
rhodium, died. 1867:
Poncelet, who formulated the Continuity Principle (which includes the principle of
duality and the method of reciprocation), died. 1877: Swiss chemist
announced his liquefaction of oxygen. 1882: The first string of
Christmas Tree lights was created by Thomas Edison's associate, Edward
H. Johnson. 1884:
St. Elmo Brady, the first black man to earn a PhD in chemistry, was born. 1894: The
United States Golf Association was formed in New York City. 1937:
The Lincoln Tunnel
in New York opened to traffic. 1964: The
Blackbird aircraft completed its maiden flight. 1968: The first U.S.
live telecast from a manned spacecraft in outer space was transmitted from Apollo
8. 1989: Berlin's famous
Brandenburg Gate re-opened for the first time in nearly three decades.
2001: Idiot Richard Reid (Rat Boy) attempted to destroy a passenger airliner
by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes.
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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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