1646: English astronomer John Flamsteed, who established the Greenwich Observatory, was born. 1662: Child prodigy and mathematical genius Blaise Pascal died. 1785: Clock maker Seth Thomas was born. 1848: The New York Herald reported the discovery of gold in California. 1856: Gail Borden of Brooklyn, NY, patented his process for condensed milk. 1871: Airplane pioneer Orville Wright was born. 1906: Philo Farnsworth, credited with inventing the first successful television system, was born. 1950: Italian physicist Giovanni Giorgi, who invented the Giorgi system of measurement that introduced electrical resistance (MKS Ω, precursor to the SI), died. 1960: A tribunal in Moscow convicted American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers of espionage. 1960: Sputnik 5, carrying two dogs, was launched into space and were later retrieved as the first living organisms from space. 1967: Hugo Gernsback, electronics inventor, futurist, marketer, author, and publisher, died. 1981: Two US Navy F-14 jet fighters shot down two Soviet-built Libyan SU-22s. 1991: Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was overthrown in a coup as Communist hardliners took over. 1994: Nobel Prize laureate Linus Pauling, who who applied quantum mechanics to the study of molecular structures, 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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