1812: Nobel Prize winner
Ascanio Sobrero, who discovered nitroglycerine, was born. 1860:
Elmer Sperry, inventor
of the gyrocompass, was born. 1920: Construction of the
Holland Tunnel began. 1926:
Maytag made what was at the time the largest single shipment of merchandise
in the country. 1928: The
iron lung was first introduced in Boston to treat Polio patients. 1964: The Soviet Union
launched its Voskhod-1,
the first spaceship to carry a multiple crew, into orbit around the Earth. 1992:
Arecibo radio telescope began searching for occupied planets. 1997:
Singer John Denver
was killed in the crash of his privately built
Long-EZ aircraft in Monterey
Bay, CA. 2000: Al Qaeda terrorists killed 17 sailors on the
USS Cole as it
refueled in Yemen. 2005: The Large Binocular Telescope Observatory achieved "first light."
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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.