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Day in Engineering History Archive - April 5

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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.
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.

April 5



1856: Black American educator & inventor Booker T. Washington was born in Franklin County, VA. 1894 : American aircraft designer Lawrence Bell, founder of Bell Aircraft (maker of the Bell X-1 the first broke the sound barrier), was born. 1951: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death for conspiring to commit espionage for the Soviet Union. 1955: Winston Churchill resigned as British prime minister. 1963: The U.S. Atomic Energy Commission gave the Fermi Award to Robert Oppenheimer for research in nuclear energy (after declaring him a security risk in 1954). 1973: Pioneer 11 was launched on a mission to Jupiter. 1976: Billionaire Howard Hughes died. 1989: David Letterman became first network TV series to use Dolby stereo. 2063: Zefram Cochrane will make Earth's first warp-speed flight.