discoverer of the pitot tube used for airspeed measurements, was born. 1802: Physicist
Gustav Magnus, who discovered the Magnus Rotor effect, was born. 1923: Lieutenants
Oakley Kelly and John Macready landed their
Fokker T-2 at Rockwell Field, San Diego, CA, completing the first
non-stop transcontinental flight (26 hours and 50 minutes). 1944: U.S. wartime rationing
of most grades of meats ended. 1945: Allies arrested German nuclear physicist
Werner Heisenberg. 1968: Surgeons conducted the UK's first
heart transplant. 1973: The
Sears Tower became
the world's tallest building. 1999: The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed above 11,000 for the first time. 2000:
Datapoint, the company that commissioned the Intel 8008 microprocessor,
declared bankruptcy. 2003: When dawn broke, the rocky visage of New Hampshire's famous
Old Man of the Mountain was gone,
having crumbled and fallen overnight. 2007: Astronaut
Wally Schirra, the only man
to fly in Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spaceships, 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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