44 B.C: The Ides of March, Marcus Junius Brutus stabbed to death Gaius Julius Caesar ("Et tu Brute?"). 1493: Christopher Columbus returned to Spain, concluding his first voyage to the Western Hemisphere. 1869: The Cincinnati Red Stockings became the first pro baseball team. 1889: Melville Bissell, inventor of the carpet sweeper, died. 1906: Charles Stewart Rolls and Frederick Henry Royce formed Rolls-Royce. 1922: The first southern radio station (WSB, Atlanta) began broadcasting. 1937: Cook County Hospital in Chicago established the first blood bank. 1962: Nobel Prize laureate Arthur Compton, of Compton Effect fame, died. 1985: Symbolics computers of Cambridge, MA, received the first Internet address ending in dot com. 1999: Pluto again became outermost [former] planet.
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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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