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Day in Engineering History Archive - April 20


April 20

1862: The first test of pasteurization was completed by Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard. 1902: Marie and Pierre Curie isolated the radioactive element radium. 1918: Ferdinand Braun, who shared a Nobel Prize with Guglielmo Marconi for the development of wireless telegraphy, died. 1928: English astronomer Gerald Hawkins, who first identified Stonehenge as an astronomical observatory, was born. 1961: FM stereo multiplex broadcasting was approved by the FCC. 1967: Surveyor 3 landed on the moon and began sending photos back to the U.S. 1978: Korean Air Flight 902 was shot down while in Russian airspace. 1989: The first successful testing of high-definition TV was announced. 1994: The WebCrawler search engine, brainchild of Brian Pinkerton, went online at the University of Washington. 1999: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold shot and killed 12 classmates and 1 teacher before taking their own lives at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO.

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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.
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