1703: English mathematician John Wallis, who introduced the infinity symbol (∞), died. 1886: The Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, was dedicated in New York Harbor by U.S. President Cleveland. 1914: Dr. Jonas Salk, inventor of the polio vaccine, was born. 1922: The first coast-to-coast radio broadcast of a football game was made. 1962: The Cuban Missile Crisis ended after Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev announced that the nuclear missile installations in Cuba would be dismantled. 1965: The Gateway Arch (Gateway to the West) along the waterfront in St. Louis, MO, was completed. 1971: England became the 6th nation to launch a satellite, the Prospero. 1988: John Backus, inventor of the FORTRAN language (FORmula TRANslation), died. 2003: Marie Daly, America's first woman to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry, died. 2005: American Nobel physicist Richard Smalley, co-discoverer of a form of carbon named the buckminsterfullerene ("buckyballs"), died.
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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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