1701: Swedish astronomer Anders Celsius, after whom the temperature scale is named, was born. 1871: Italian physicist Giovanni Giorgi, who invented the Giorgi system of measurement that introduced electrical resistance (mksΩ, precursor to the SI), was born. 1873: Auguste-Arthur de La Rive, who pioneered the electrochemical theory of batteries, died. 1894: Japanese industrialist Konosuke Matsushita, founder of Panasonic, was born. 1897: Andrew Beard received a patent for a revolutionary rail car coupling device he called the Jenny Coupler. 1901: Auto maker Clement Studebaker, the world's largest producer of horse-drawn vehicles, died. 1923: The first transatlantic two-way shortwave contact between amateur radio operators occurred between American Fred Schnell and Frenchman Leon Deloy. 1951: The first rocket intercept of an airplane was made with a Nike missile at White Sands, NM. 1963: The first flight of a space vehicle powered by liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen fuel combination (Centaur II) took place. 1990: Britain's Conservatives chose John Major to succeed Margaret Thatcher as party leader, paving the way for his appointment as prime minister. 2007: Herbert Saffir, developer of the hurricane intensity scale.
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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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