Day in Engineering History Archive - August 27
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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.
Tarzan's birthday (1912). 413 B.C.: An eclipse of the moon
caused panic on Athens fleet. 1850:
Augusto Righi, who first
showed that radio waves displayed characteristics of light wave behavior in the manner of reflection, refraction,
polarization and interference, was born. 1858: The first cabled news dispatch was sent and was published by "The
New York Sun" newspaper. 1958:
Ernest Lawrence, inventor of the cyclotron, and after whom the
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory was named, died. 1859:
The first oil well was successfully drilled in the U.S. by
Colonel Edwin Drake near Titusville, PA.
1875: The element
(Ga, 31) was discovered by
P.E. Lecoq de Boisbaudran. 1877: Charles Rolls, half of
Rolls-Royce, was born. 1898: John Hopkinson, who developed Hopkinson's Law of magnetism and invented the 3-phase AC
generator, died. 1950: The
BBC transmitted the first ever live television pictures across the Channel. 1962: The
space probe was launched to fly to Venus. 1989: The first U.S. commercial satellite rocket was launched with a
British communications satellite was onboard. 2003: The world's largest battery, made from
13,760 NiCad cells, was connected to provide emergency power to Fairbanks, AK.