1582: The Gregorian calendar was introduced in Italy and some other Catholic countries. 1882: Robert Goddard, "the father of modern rocketry," was born. 1930: Pavel Popovich, who along with fellow cosmonaut Andriyan Nikolayev became the first pair of humans in space, was born. 1947: President Truman delivered the first televised White House address, where in he asked Americans to refrain from eating certain foods to stockpile supplies for sending to Europeans suffering from crop failures. 1966: A partial core meltdown at the Enrico Fermi nuclear breeder reactor killed three workers. 1970: The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) officially became a network. 1983: Earl Tupper, inventor of the plastic Tupperware, died. 1992: 1992: Both houses of Congress voted to override President Bush's veto of a measure to re-regulate cable television companies. 1996: Supercomputer pioneer Seymour Cray 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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