1863: George Parker, inventor of the the first successful fountain pen and founder of the Parker Pen Company, was born. 1870: The United States Weather Bureau made its first (and probably incorrect) meteorological observations. 1884: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) was officially adopted. 1922: A radio license fee of ten shillings was introduced in Great Britain. 1932: Wernher von Braun was installed as head of the German liquid-fuel rocket program. 1939: The German Heinkel He 178 made its first demonstration flight before aviation ministry members. 1952: The United States exploded the first ever hydrogen bomb at Eniwetok in the Marshall Islands. 1995: Intel introduced the 32-bit Pentium Pro microprocessor than ran at a blinding 200 MHz. 2005: Nokia announced it had successfully made cellular calls over Wi-Fi in its labs.
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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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