Dog Days of Summer
end. 1896: The first electric light bulb socket featuring an on-and-off pull chain was patented
by Harvey Hubbell. 1909: The
liner Arapahoe was the first ship to use the radio distress call,
our ship, Morse Code ···---···).
1919: Industrialist Andrew Carnegie died. 1921:
Tom Kilburn, who
was the first to succeed in storing and then retrieving a bit of data via software, was born.
1934: A load of America's most dangerous prisoners became the first inmates on
Alcatraz Island. 1942: Actress
(Lamarr) received a patent for a secret communication system. 1951:
WCBS-TV in New York City televised the first
baseball doubleheader (in color) between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Boston Braves. 1962:
The Soviet Union launched cosmonaut
on a 94-hour flight. 1977:
Williams, co-inventor of the CRT (the "Williams tube"), died. 1984: President Ronald Reagan
joked during a voice test for a
address that he had "signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing
in five minutes." 1992: The Mall of America opened in Minneapolis as the largest shopping mall in the
United States. 1997: President Clinton made the first the use of the
line-item veto approved
by Congress. 1999: The last
eclipse of the millennium occurred.
| Feb | Mar |
Apr | May |
Jun | Jul |
Aug | Sep |
Oct | Nov |
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.