1895: The first automobile race took place between Chicago and Waukegan, IL, with six cars, and the winner averaged 7 mph on the 55-mile course. 1900: The American League, consisting of eight baseball teams, was organized in Philadelphia. 1925: The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville made its radio debut on station WSM. 1923: First shortwave (109 meters) transatlantic DX established by radio amateur Léon Deloy (call sign 8AB) in Nice, France, with F. H. Schnell (1MO) in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. 1954: Italian-born Nobel physicist Enrico Fermi died. 1963: Cape Canaveral was renamed Cape Kennedy. 1964: The United States launched the space probe Mariner 4 on a course to Mars. 1983: 1st human Ham radio transmission from space by NASA STS-9 astronaut Owen Garriott. 1994: Norway rejected membership in the European Union for a second time. 1995: The federal 55 mph speed limit was eliminated by Bill Clinton. 2000: The eighth tar drop fell in the University of Queensland pitch drop experiment. 2010: Samuel T. Cohen, designer of the neutron bomb, 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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