September 31752: Today is "The Day That Never Came" due to switch to the Gregorian calendar. 1860: J.T. Wray gave the first public demonstration of a mercury arc lamp on the Hungerford Suspension Bridge in London. 1875: Austrian engineer Ferdinand Porsche, who designed the Volkswagen along with his sports cars, was born. 1905: Nobel physicist Carl Anderson, co-founder of the positron, or positive electron, the first known particle of antimatter, was born. 1916: The Adamson Act established the 8-hour work day (then "Professional" status took it away for us engineers). 1954: "The Lone Ranger" was heard on radio for the final time after 2,956 episodes over a period of 21 years. 1967: Motorists in Sweden stopped driving on the left side of the road and began driving on the right side. 1976: The U.S. spacecraft Viking 2 landed on Mars and took the first close-up, color photos of the planet's surface.
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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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