archaeologist Jean-François Champollion, who first deciphered the
unlocking the language of ancient Egypt, died. 1859:
Popov, considered in Russia to be the inventor of radio, was born. 1881:
who demonstrated electrons to be charge-carrying particles in flow of electricity in
metals, was born. 1822:
Jules Lissajous, the French mathematician after whom Lissajous figures
are named, was born. 1890: The
Forth Railway Bridge was opened, spanning the Forth river between Edinburgh
and Dundee, Scotland. 1902: The
American Automobile Association (AAA) was founded in Chicago. 1915:
Willett, who invented the concept of
Daylight Saving Time, died. 1917: Republican
Jeanette Rankin of Montana took her seat as the first woman elected
to the House of Representatives. 1930: Ex-President Calvin Coolidge dedicated the
Coolidge Dam on Gila River in AZ. 1962: The first nuclear power plant
in Antarctica began operating at
Walter Schottky, of diode fame, died. 1977: The first Freon-cooled
Cray-1, 133 megaFLOPS supercomputer, was shipped to Los Alamos Laboratories, NM (<20
years later, Pentium IIs beat that benchmark). 1997: President Bill Clinton barred spending
federal money on human cloning due to, "troubling prospects." 2006: The final attempt
to communicate with Pioneer 10 was made.
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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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