1737: Italian physician
Luigi Galvani, after
whom the word "galvanic" is named, was born. 1776: The 2nd Continental Congress replaced "United Colonies" with the
"United States." 1839:
John Herschel took the first glass plate photograph. 1890:
Harland Sanders, the founder
of Kentucky Fried Chicken, was born (he was not a colonel). 1909:
Arthur (Art) Collins,
of Collins Radio Company, was born. 1914:
who introduced a theorem that assigns a value to the rate of flow of electromagnetic energy
known as the Poynting vector, was born. 1926: The
National Broadcasting Company
(NBC) was created by the
Radio Corporation of America (RCA). 1941:
Dennis Richie, developer of
the "C" programming language, was born. 1942: Japan dropped
incendiaries over Oregon in an unsuccessful attempt to set fire to the forests
in Oregon and Washington. 1947: The first "bug" in a computer program was discovered by
Hopper - a moth was removed with tweezers from a relay and taped into the log. 1975: NASA
launched the Viking 2
spacecraft to Mars. 1982: The world's first private rocket, "Conestoga
I", was launched. 2003: Edward Teller, "father of the H-bomb," 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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small samples of copyrighted content.