1791: Samuel F.B. Morse, developer of Morse Code, was born. 1880: The first U.S. patent for an electric hearing aid was issued to F.D. Clarke and M.G. Foster. 1889: Lloyd Espenschied, co-inventor of coaxial cable, was born. 1896: Wallace Carothers, developer of nylon, was born. 1937: The first Social Security payment was made in the United States. 1946: The first commercial carrier ship to be equipped with radar, the SS African Star, was placed in service. 1953: In Operation Moolah, the U.S. offered $50,000 and political asylum to any Communist pilot that delivered a MIG jet. 1960: The first atomic powered electric-drive submarine, Tullibee, was launched in Groton, CT. 1989: Japanese industrialist Konosuke Matsushita, founder of the electronics company that bears his name, 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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