1804: American agriculturist and engineer John Deere was born. 1814: Gardner Colton, who first used nitrous oxide (laughing gas) as an anesthetic, was born. 1871: Henry Steinway, of overstrung iron-frame grand piano frame, died. 1889: Harry Nyquist, of Nyquist-Shannon sampling theorem fame, was born. 1935: Monopoly was first marketed by Charles Darrow, and was later bought my Parker Brothers. 1938: American industrialist Harvey Firestone, who founded the tire company that bears his name, died. 1943: The U.S. government announced that shoe rationing (stamp no. 17) would go into effect in two days, limiting each purchaser to three pairs for the remainder of the year. 1964: Beatlemania arrived in the U.S. on the Ed Sullivan Show. 1971: Women in Switzerland won the right to vote. 1984: Navy Captain Bruce McCandless became the first human being to fly untethered in space when he exited the U.S. space shuttle Challenger and maneuvered freely, using the Manned Maneuvering Unit. 2003: The last (unsuccessful) attempt was made to contact the Pioneer 10 spacecraft.
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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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