1775: The U.S. Postal System was established by the 2nd Continental Congress of the United States, with Benjamin Franklin appointed as the first Postmaster General. 1895: Pierre Curie married Marie Sklodowska (Curie) in Sceaux, France. 1916: John Whinnery, co-author of the classic "Fields and Waves in Communication Electronics" book, was born. 1921: Jean Shepherd, pioneer talk radio host, raconteur, and amateur radio operator (K2ORS), was born. 1926: Joseph Engelberger, co-inventor of Unimate, the first industrial robot, was born. 1945: Winston Churchill was defeated by the Labour party's Clement Attlee. 1947: The U.S. Department of Defense was established by the National Security Act of 1947. 1963: NASA launched Syncom 2, the first successful geosynchronous orbit at 22,300 miles altitude. 1969: Scientists had a first look at the 46 pounds of rocks that Apollo 11 astronauts brought back from the moon. 1984: The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson became the first network television show to be broadcast in stereo. 1998: AT&T and British Telecommunications announced they were forming a joint venture.
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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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