Rensselaer School (now
RPI), in Troy, New York, opened its doors as the country's first engineering college.
1870: Construction of the
Brooklyn Bridge began. 1892: English writer
J. R. R. Tolkien,
author of "The Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings," was born. 1898: American aviator
designer of the Spirit of St. Louis and founder of Ryan Aircraft, was born. 1906: First
two-way wireless transmission across the Atlantic Ocean between Brant Rock, MA, and
Machrihanish, Scotland. 1952: "Dragnet"
was first aired on NBC TV. 1957: The Hamilton Watch Company announced the world's first
electric watch for sale, the Ventura. 1959: President Eisenhower signed a proclamation admitting
Alaska to the Union as
the 49th state. 1977: Apple Computer was incorporated. 2000: The last new daily "Peanuts"
strip by Charles
Schulz ran in 2,600 newspapers - he died 5 weeks later.
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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. Fair Use
laws permit small samples of copyrighted content.