Rensselaer School (now RPI), in Troy, New York, opened its doors as the country's first
engineering college. 1892: English writer
J. R. R. Tolkien,
author of "The Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings," was born. 1898: American aviator
designer of the Spirit of St. Louis and founder of Ryan Aircraft, was born. 1906:
two-way wireless transmission across the Atlantic Ocean between
Brant Rock, MA, and Machrihanish, Scotland. 1952: "Dragnet"
was first aired on NBC TV. 1957: The Hamilton Watch Company announced the world's
first electric watch for sale, the
1959: President Eisenhower signed a proclamation admitting
Alaska to the Union
as the 49th state. 1977:
was incorporated. 1983: Time Magazine published its 1982 "Man of the Year" edition, having selected the Personal Computer.
2000: The last new daily "Peanuts" strip by
Charles Schulz ran
in 2,600 newspapers - he died 5 weeks later.
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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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