first observed the supernova that suddenly appeared in the constellation Cassiopeia. 1851:
Alvan Clark was awarded the first U.S. patent for a refractor
1855: Philip Mallory,
founder of the Mallory battery company, was born. 1911: Radar pioneer and head of the National Security
Agency Scientific Advisory Board panel on Electronics
Louis Nicot Ridenour, was born. 1918: World War I came to an end when the
Allies and Germany signed an armistice - this day became recognized as
Veterans Day in the
United States, with celebrations traditionally beginning the 11th hour of the 11th day of
the 11th month of the year. 1921: The
Tomb of the Unknowns was dedicated at Arlington National Cemetery. 1930:
Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd are issued a patent for their
1938: Typhoid Mary (Mary
Mallon), famous for spreading typhoid fever in NY, died. 1966: The U.S. launched
Gemini 12 from Cape Kennedy, FL, where after the craft circled the earth
59 times before returning. 1980: Saturnian moon
discovered by the Voyager spacecraft. 1981: The
USS Ohio was commissioned
as the first Trident Class nuclear submarine. 1993: In Washington, D.C., a
statue was dedicated honoring the more than 11,000 women who had served in the Vietnam
War. 2004: Terrorist leader
Yasser Arafat finally died.
This Veterans Day tribute is
by Canadian citizen Terry Kelly. It was written after an experience
he had on Veterans Day in 1999. Composed in the finest Celtic tradition.
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
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hyperlinks have been verified. Many years ago,
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special RF Cafe logos.
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the person or event occurred. Images used in the logos are often from open source
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