1814: French physician Joseph Guillotin, after whom the guillotine is named, died. 1854: Frederick Langenheim took the first photograph of a solar eclipse. 1865: Thomas Hancock, who founded the British rubber industry, died. 1923: The BBC began its weather broadcasting service. 1932: Henry Leland, founder of Cadillac Motors, died. 1937: Fred Maytag, a pioneer of automatic washing machines, died. 1949: Albert Stevens, who took the first photograph of Earth showing its curvature, died. 1953: Dr. Jonas Salk announced his vaccine for polio. 1973: Women were allowed on the trading floor of the London Stock Exchange for the first time. 1973: Larry Edward Page, co-founder of Google, was born. 1974: Edward Condon, of radar development and Franck-Condon fame, died. 1996: Electrical engineer and entrepreneur David Packard, who co-founded the Hewlett-Packard Company, 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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