1806: Augustus De Morgan, who formulated De Morgan's laws for Boolean algebra, was born. 1901: Merle Tuve who first used pulsed radio waves to explore the ionosphere, was born. 1941: The BBC began using the first four notes of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony as a morale-boosting motif (in Morse Code, "dit-dit-dit dahhh" stands for the letter "V" as in "Victory"). 1950: President Truman ordered the Air Force and Navy into the Korean conflict. 1954: The world's first atomic power station began producing electricity in Obninsk, USSR. 1962: Ross Perot began Electronic Data Systems (EDS). 1976: Palestinian extremists hijacked an Air France plane in Greece with 246 passengers and 12 crew onboard. 1978: The first pen with truly erasable ink, the Gillette Eraser Mate, was invented. 1983: Maxie Anderson, who co-piloted the first transatlantic balloon flight on the Double Eagle II, 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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