patent #1 from the U.S. Patent Office for a traction wheel used in
locomotive steam engines, under a new system for numbering patents. 1897:
received U.S. patent #586,193 for a wireless telegraph. 1919: The first lighter-than-air
transatlantic flight was completed by
airship R-34. 1921:
Gabriel Lippmann, who produced the first color photographic plate,
died. 1944: Ernő Rubik, inventor of the Rubik's Cube, was born. 1969: Russia launched the unmanned
to the Moon. 1947: Europe accepted the
Marshall Plan to aid European recovery following WWII. 1977: A lightning-induced
power failure blacked
out New York City for 25 hours, during which time about 4,500 rioters were arrested and
$61M damage was done. 1978: Lee Iacocca was fired as president of Ford Motor Company by chairman
Henry Ford 2nd. 1995: The Galileo
spacecraft released a probe towards Jupiter that is to become the first Earth emissary
ever to penetrate the atmosphere of any of the outer gas giants.
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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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