Day in Engineering History Archive - August 28
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.
Today is I Have a Dream Day. 1789: Sir William Herschel discovered Saturn's moon, Enceladus. 1830: The first race between a locomotive (the Tom Thumb) and a horse-drawn vehicle held between Relay and Baltimore, MD, a nine mile stretch (the horse won). 1845: The first issue of the Scientific American was published by Rufus Porter. 1877: Charles Rolls, co-founder of the Rolls-Royce company, was born. 1883: The first controlled flight in a glider was made by John Montgomery at Wheeler Hill, CA. 1907: The "American Messenger Company" was started by two teenagers Jim Casey and Claude Ryan - the company's name was later changed to "United Parcel Service." 1919: Sir Godfrey Hounsfield, electrical engineer and co-inventor of the CAT scan machine, was born. 1919: The International Air Traffic Association (IATA) was formed at The Hague, Holland. 1922: The first commercial to be aired on the radio was broadcast. 1939: The first successful flight of a jet-propelled airplane occurred with the German Heinkel He 178. 1964: The Beatles appeared on the cover of Life magazine. 2007: Human and solar powered flight pioneer Paul MacCready died.