1900: Wiley Post, who made the first round-the-world solo flight (15,596 miles) in his Lockheed Vega 5B single-engine aircraft, was born. 1902: U.S. Army pathologist Walter Reed, after whom the Walter Reed Hospital is named, died. 1904: The first direct current, variable speed, interpole electric motor was patented by Mathias Pfatischer. 1907: American astronomer Asaph Hall, who discovered and named the two moons of Mars Phobos and Deimos, died. 1909: Wilbur and Orville Wright formed the Wright Company, which would become a million-dollar corporation for the commercial manufacture of airplanes. 1927: The first U.S. patent for a snowmobile "vehicle for snow travel" was issued to Carl Eliason. 1944: English astrophysicist Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington died. 1963: President J.F. Kennedy was fatally shot in Dallas, TX. 1972: The U.S. ended a 22-year travel ban to China. 1988: The B-2 Spirit stealth bomber was first revealed to the public. 1990: Margaret Thatcher announced her resignation as British Prime Minister. 2005: Angela Merkel became the first female Chancellor of Germany.
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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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