1875: Mark Twain's "The Adventure of Tom Sawyer" copyright was registered. 1904: The 4,607-mile Trans-Siberian railway was completed after 13 years of work. 1915: U.S. Navy asked Thomas Edison to organize the keenest, most inventive minds to find a defense against submarines. 1930: The Veterans Administration of the U.S. was established. 1968: Arnold Palmer became the first golfer to make a million dollars in career earnings. 1969: Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin blasted off from the moon after 21-1/2 hours on the surface. 1970: The Aswan Dam in Egypt was completed after 18 years of work. 1977: The first shipment of crude oil arrived at the U.S. DoE's Strategic Petroleum Reserve in LA. 1994: Tony Blair became the youngest Labour leader since World War II. 1997: The "USS Constitution," which defended the US during the War of 1812, set sail under its own power for first time in 116 years. 1998: Alan Shepard, America's first man in space and one of only 12 humans who walked on the Moon, died. 2000: An international collaboration of scientists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory announced the first direct evidence for the tau neutrino.
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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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