Day in Engineering History Archive - April 2

April 2

2001: A space Odyssey Premiered.  Click here to return to the RF Cafe homepage.1872: Samuel F.B. Morse, developer of Morse Code, died. 1872: George Brayton received a patent for the first commercial gas-powered engine. 1875: Walter Chrysler, founder of the Chrysler Corporation, was born. 1910: Karl Harris perfected the process for the artificial synthesis of rubber. 1932: Charles Lindbergh paid $50k ransom in a New York cemetery to a man who promised to return his kidnapped son, who was never found. 1934: Set theory mathematician Paul Cohen was born. 1968: 2001: A Space Odyssey premiered in the U.S. 1978: Velcro was put on the market. 1987: IBM introduced PS/2 & OS/2. 1987: Microsoft introduced Windows 2.0.

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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. 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. Fair Use laws permit small samples of copyrighted content.