1868: Memorial Day (originally Decoration Day) was observed for the first time in the U.S. 1883: A rumor that the recently opened Brooklyn Bridge was in danger of collapsing triggered a stampede that led to the trampling deaths of 12 people. 1911: The first Indy 500 race was run. 1912: Wilbur Wright, of airplane fame, died. 1925: John Cocke, who invented the Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC), was born. 1934: Russian Alexey Leonov, the first man to walk in space, was born. 1959: The first experimental hovercraft, the SR.N1 "flew" at Cowes on the Isle of Wight. 1987: North American Philips Company introduced the compact disc video (CD-V), designed to store full motion video and CD-Audio tracks. 1989: Student demonstrators at Tiananmen Square in Beijing erected a 33-foot statue they called the ''Goddess of Democracy'' -- they would later be mowed down by Red Army tanks. 1994: Baron Marcel Bich, who built his business empire by creating throwaway Bic pens, razors and lighters, died. 2003: The final flight of the Air France Concorde SST took place.
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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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