(originally Decoration Day) was observed for the first time in the U.S. 1883: A rumor
that the recently opened
Bridge was in danger of collapsing triggered a stampede that led to the trampling
deaths of 12 people. 1911: The first
Indy 500 race was run. 1912:
of airplane fame, died. 1925: John Cocke, who invented the Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC),
was born. 1934: Russian Alexey Leonov, the first man to walk in space, was born. 1959: The
first experimental hovercraft, the
at Cowes on the Isle of Wight. 1987: North American Philips Company introduced the compact
disc video (CD-V), designed to store full motion video and CD-Audio tracks. 1989:
Student demonstrators at
Tiananmen Square in Beijing erected a 33-foot statue they called the
''Goddess of Democracy'' -- they would later be mowed down by Red Army tanks. 1994:
Baron Marcel Bich, who built his business empire by creating throwaway
Bic pens, razors and lighters, died. 2003: The final flight of the
Concorde SST took place.
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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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small samples of copyrighted content.