1608: Italian physicist and mathematician
Torricelli, who invented the barometer, was born. 1783: French school teacher
Jean Pilâtre de Rozier
made a tethered, captive-balloon ascent, 250 feet above the gardens of La Muette, Fance, thereby
becoming the first man ever to fly. 1829: American astronomer
Asaph Hall, who discovered
named the two moons of Mars Phobos and Deimos, was born. 1927:
Oil was discovered
at Kirkuk in Iraq. 1928: The German airship
Graf Zeppelin completed its journey across the Atlantic from Friedrichshafen
to Lakehurst, NJ. 1930: American industrialist Herbert Dow, founder of
Company, died. 1939: NY mayor Fiorello
La Guardia dedicated
the airport bearing his name. 1950:
Telanserphone (later Aircall) of New York City, the first American radio
paging service, sent its first page to a doctor who was on a golf course 25 miles away. 1997:
NASA's plutonium-powered "Cassini" spacecraft launched toward Saturn. 2003:
China became the third nation to launch a man into space.
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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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