1870: America's first asphalt pavement was laid in Newark, N.J. 1909: Georges Legagneux made the first airplane flight in Sweden in his Voisin biplane. 1914: The first transcontinental telephone service was inaugurated when two people held a conversation between New York, NY and San Francisco, CA. 1914: Baron Marcel Bich, who built his business empire by creating throwaway Bic pens, razors and lighters, was born. 1920: The first transcontinental airmail flight relay from New York to San Francisco took place. 1927: The first iron lung (electric respirator) was installed at Bellevue hospital in NY for the post war polio epidemic. 1951: Comic strip "Dennis the Menace," first appeared. 1952: The first transpacific non-stop flight by jet occurred with a SAC RB-45C. 1958: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was authorized by the U.S. Congress. 1979: Pioneer 11 flew past Saturn and returned pictures revealing the unknown F ring. 1982: Vladimir Zworykin, inventor of the iconoscope and known as "the father of television," 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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