1761: Henry Shrapnel, inventor of the Shrapnel Shell which exploded in the air, was born. 1864: Ransom Olds, founder of Oldsmobile, was born. 1902: Thomas Edison received a patent for a Reversible Galvanic Battery. 1913: Norman Krim, designer of Raytheon's CK722 germanium PNP transistor, was born. 1942: The 4-day long Battle of Midway, which was the turning-point in the Pacific Theater of Operation began. 1948: The 200-inch Hale reflector telescope at the Palomar Mountain Observatory in CA was dedicated. 1959: The first class graduated from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. 1965: Astronaut Edward White became the first American to "walk" in space, during the flight of Gemini 4. 1970: Emmett Culligan, founder of the "Hey Culligan Man" company, died. 1989: Chinese army troops began a sweep of Beijing to crush student-led pro-democracy demonstrations (stay tuned tomorrow). 1990: Robert Noyce, co-inventor of the integrated circuit and nicknamed "the Mayor of Silicon Valley", 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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