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Day in Engineering History Archive - April 9

April 9

James McDonnell's Birthday - Please click here to visit RF Cafe.1770: Thomas Seebeck, who discovered that an electric current flows between different conductive materials that are kept at different temperatures (Seebeck Effect), was born. 1864: Sebastian de Ferranti, an electrical engineer who developed the first 10 kV (4x previous) transmission system and components, was born. 1865: Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse in VA. 1895: Astronomer James Keeler proved the rings of Saturn were composed of meteoric particles. 1899: James McDonnell, founder of the McDonnell Aircraft Company, was born. 1927: Bell Laboratories and the Department of Commerce held the 1st long-distance transmission of a live picture and voice (television) simultaneously. 1934: Oskar von Miller, who pioneered the electric power industry in Germany, was born. 1940: Germany invaded Denmark and Norway. 1953: Man in the Dark, the first 3D motion picture produced and released by a major company, was shown. 1959: NASA announced the selection of America's first seven astronauts: Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Donald Slayton. 1963: Winston Churchill becomes first honorary U.S. citizen. 1965: "TIME" magazine featured a cover with the entire "Peanuts" gang. 1967: The first Boeing 737 made its maiden flight. 2003: Newly liberated Iraqi citizens toppled a statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad.

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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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