1872: A fire extinguisher was patented by Thomas J. Martin. 1874: Henri Farman, the airplane designer who invented ailerons, was born. 1888: Ascanio Sobrero, who discovered nitroglycerine, died. 1908: The first major Middle East oil strike was made in Persia (now Iraq). 1939: Charles Mayo, co-founder of the Mayo Clinic, died. 1946: A patent was filed in the U.S. for an H-bomb. 1951: Sally Ride, the first American woman to orbit the earth when she flew aboard Space Shuttle Challenger, was born. 1959: The word "Frisbee" became a registered trademark of Wham-O. 1961: A U.S. Air Force bomber flew across the Atlantic in a record time of just over three hours. 1969: The "Apollo 10" astronauts returned to Earth after a successful 8-day dress rehearsal for the first manned moon landing. 1981: Satya Pal Asija received the first U.S. patent for computer software. 1994: President Clinton announced his administration would no longer link China's trade status with its human rights record. 2003: English astronomer Gerald Hawkins, who first identified Stonehenge as an astronomical observatory, died. 2007: Homer Stewart, an early pioneer of rocket research who helped develop the first successful U.S. satellite, Explorer I, 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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