1620: The Mayflower departed from Plymouth, England and arrived at Provincetown, MA, on November 2nd and then at Plymouth, MA, on December 26th, with 102 passengers onboard. 1736: Gabriel Fahrenheit, inventor of the temperature scale bearing his name, died. 1877: Jacob Schick, inventor of the electric razor, was born. 1908: General Motors was incorporated by William Crapo "Billy" Durant. 1914: The Canadian Aviation Corps was formed. 1919: The American Legion was created. 1919: Marvin Middlemark, inventor of the television "rabbit ears" antenna, was born. 1940: U.S. President Roosevelt signed into law the Selective Training and Service Act, which set up the first peacetime military draft in U.S. history. 1963: "Outer Limits" premiered on ABC. 1996: The Telecommunications Act of 1996 was passed to allow competition for local phone service.
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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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