240 B.C.: The
first recorded passage of Halley's Comet was noted by Chinese astronomers. 1791: The French
Académie des sciences finally decided that a
would be a 1/10 000 000 of the distance between the north pole and the equator. 1811:
of laboratory burner fame, was born. 1842: Dr. Crawford Long first used
ether as anesthetic
during minor operation. 1858: The first U.S. patent was issued for a combination
lead pencil and eraser. 1879: German astronomer
Schmidt, who invented the type of reflecting telescope named after him (Schmidt telescope,
etc.), was born. 1891: Arthur Herrington, designer of the famous
Jeep, was born. 1914:
who introduced a theorem that assigns a value to the rate of flow of electromagnetic
energy known as the Poynting vector, died. 1981:
President Reagan was shot and wounded by John Hinkley. 1993:
Charlie Brown of the Peanuts comic strip (my favorite), hit his first
home run. 2006: Marcos César Pontes became the first Brazilian in space.
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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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