1853: Dutch physicist
Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, who discovered superconductivity,
was born. 1866: H.G. Wells, of War of the Worlds fame, was born.
1895: The Duryea Motor Wagon Company became the first auto
manufacturer in America. 1895:
Juan de la Ciervra, inventor of the autogiro,
was born. 1897: The New York Sun ran a famous editorial that answered a question
from 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon: ''Is there a Santa Claus?'' 1913: The first aerobatic maneuvers
were publicly performed by
Adolphe Pégoud in his
Blériot XI. 1921:
Donald Glaser,, who won the Nobel Prize for his
invention of the bubble chamber for observing subatomic particles, was born. 1931:
Britain abandoned the gold standard. 1936:
Frank Hornby, English toy manufacturer who patented the
set, died. 1942: The
B-29 Superfortress made its maiden flight. 1955:
Britain annexed the islet of
Rockall, 300 miles west of Scotland, to stop
the Soviets spying on missile tests. 1961:
Earle Dickson, inventor of the
Band-aid, died. 1972: Texas Instruments announced the
TI-3000, and the
TI-3500 DATAMATH calculators. 2003: The NASA
space probe ended its eight-year mission to Jupiter as planned.
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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.