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Day in Engineering History Archive - August 14

Day in Engineering History August 14 Archive - RF CafeAugust 14

The Code Talkers. Click here to return to the RF Cafe homepage.Today is National Code Talker's Day. Tonight is the peak of the Perseid meteors. 1777: Hans Christian Ă˜ersted, who discovered electromagnetism and after whom the unit of magnetic field (H) is named, was born. 1888: A patent for the electric meter was granted to Oliver Shallenberger. 1896: Gold was discovered in Canada's Yukon Territory, and within the next year more than 30,000 people rushed to the area to prospect for gold. 1919: A U.S. flying boat carried the first international air mail delivery to Canada via the sea. 1932: Royal Philips made its 1 millionth radio. 1935: The Social Security Act was signed into law. 1945: President Truman announced that Japan had accepted terms for unconditional surrender, ending World War II. 1953: The whiffle ball, a ball that curved when it was thrown, was invented by David Mullany for his 13-year-old son. 1959: The first meeting to organize the American Football League was held. 1988: Car manufacturer and racing star Enzo Ferrari died. 1994: Hubble Space Telescope photographs revealed that Uranus had Saturn-like rings. 1997: Cosmonauts Vasily Tsibliyev and Alexander Lazutkin returned safely home  after a disastrous six-month mission aboard the Mir space station. 2000: A Russian submarine with 120 crewmen was reported stranded at the bottom of the Barents Sea.

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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.

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