Day in Engineering History Archive - April 4
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Note: These historical tidbits have been collected from various sources, mostly on the Internet.
As detailed in
, 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.
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
RF Cafe logos
. Where available, I like to use images from postage stamps from the country where
the person or event occurred.
1821: Linus Yale, inventor and
manufacturer of locks, including the cylinder or pin-tumbler lock known by his name, was born. 1826:
Zénobe-Théophile Gramme, inventor of the Gramme dynamo, was born. 1850: The city of
was incorporated. 1876: Alfred Nobel obtained a patent for his
dynamite coupound.1883: American inventor Peter Cooper, who invented the first steam
locomotive, named "Tom Thumb," died. 1919: Sir William Crookes, who showed that
cathode rays were fast-moving electrons, died. 1929: German mechanical engineer
Karl Benz, who designed built the world's first practical auto powered by an internal-combustion engine, died.
American Interplanetary Society was founded. 1932: After five years of research, professor C.G. King, of the
University of Pittsburgh, isolated
vitamin C. 1945: U.S. forces liberated the Nazi death camp Ohrdruf
in Germany. 1968: Nobel laureate
Martin Luther King Jr., 39, was shot to death in Memphis, TN. 1975: Microsoft Corporation was formed by Bill Gates
and Paul Allen, originally to sell BASIC
interpreters for the
Altair 8800. 1976:
Harry Nyquist, of Nyquist-Shannon sampling theorem fame, died. 1983: The space shuttle
Challenger made its maiden voyage. 1984: George Orwell's novel,
1984, begins on this date. 1994: Netscape Communications (Mosaic
Communications) was founded.