1706: Scientist and statesman Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston, Massachusetts. 1871: Andrew Hallidie received a patent for his cable car system. 1882: Leroy Firman received a patent for the telephone switchboard. 1886: American airplane designer Glenn L. Martin was born. 1955: The submarine Nautilus began the first nuclear-powered test voyage. 1994: A 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California, killing at least 61 people and causing $20 billion worth of damage. 1991: Operation Desert Shield became Operation Desert Storm as the air war phase began. 1995: 5,372 people were killed when a 7.2 magnitude earthquake devastated Kobe, Japan. 2001: Tom Kilburn, who was the first to succeed in storing and then retrieving a bit of data via software, 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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