Day in Engineering History Archive - August 26

August 26

Happy Birthday Lee De Forest! - Please click here to visit RF Cafe.1873: Dr. Lee de Forest, inventor of the Audion tube, was born. 1886: Jerome Hunsaker, who in 1916 was awarded the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) first Ph.D. in aeronautical engineering, was born. 1895: Electricity was first transmitted commercially from the first large-scale utilization of Niagara Falls power. 1929: The first roller coaster built in the U.S. 1938: A tape recorder was used for the first time in the U.S. to send a radio broadcast. 1950: Ransom Olds, founder of Oldsmobile, died. 1957: The first Edsel made by the Ford Motor Company rolled out. 1974: Aviation pioneer Charles Augustus Lindbergh died. 1978: Sigmund Jahn blasted off aboard the Russian Soyuz 31 and became the first German in space. 1998: Nobel laureate Frederick Reines, who discovered the neutrino, died.

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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.