1801: Charles Hatchett announced his discovery of the element columbium before the Royal Society in London. 1867: The refrigerated railroad car was patented by J.B. Sutherland. 1876: Willis Carrier, inventor of the first practical air conditioning system, "manufactured weather," was born. 1885: The first meteor trail was photographed by L. Weinek in Prague during an Andromedid storm. 1922: The first successful Technicolor motion picture film, "The Toll of the Sea," was released. 1934: Beckman Instruments was incorporated. 1942: President Roosevelt ordered nationwide gasoline rationing, beginning December 1. 1953: The House of Lords voted to allow commercial television to compete with BBC. 1965: France launched its first satellite, the Asterix-1, sending the 92-pound capsule into orbit with the Diamant booster. 1966: France opened the world's first tidal power station at Rance estuary, in Brittany. 2003: The Concord SST made its last flight.
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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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