Day in Engineering History Archive - April 1
Note: These 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.Please submit significant historical events and dates for inclusion in these lists. I will be glad to include your name and birthday. Please do not submit your death date ;-) A couple 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.
Today is April Fool's Day. 1826: Samuel Mory patented the internal combustion engine. 1875: Sir Francis Galton published the first newspaper weather map in The Times of London. 1918: England's Royal Flying Corps was replaced by the Royal Air Force. 1931: Norman Abramson, who developed the ALOHANET, the forerunner to the Ethernet, was born. 1938: The first commercially successful fluorescent lamps were introduced. 1957: The BBC broadcasted a spoof documentary about spaghetti crops in Switzerland. 1960: TIROS-1, the first weather satellite, was launched from Cape Canaveral. 1976: Apple Computer began operations. 1981: Russia adopted Daylight Savings Time. 1986 World oil prices dipped below $10 a barrel. 1999: Britain introduced a minimum wage.