Day in Engineering History Archive - August 29

August 29

Please click here to visit RF Cafe.1831: Michael Faraday discovered the phenomenon of magnetic induction between wire coils wound on a common iron core. 1842: The design patent, a new form of patent was authorized by Act of Congress. 1866: A public demonstration was given at Mt. Washington, NH, of the first cog railway in the world. 1868: Christian Schönbein, who discovered and named ozone (O3) for its peculiar smell (ozo is Greek for smell), died. 1876: Charles Kettering, co-founder of Delco Products and inventor of the electric starter and spark plugs for cars, was born. 1949: The USSR tested its first atomic device, "First Lightning." 1949: At the University of Illinois, a nuclear device was used for the first time to treat cancer patients. 1965: Gemini 5 astronaut Gordon Cooper in orbit 100 miles above the Earth held first conversation from space with aquanaut M. Scott Carpenter in Sealab II which was 205 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. 1967: Charles Darrow, inventor of the board game Monopoly, died. 1982: An atom of a new element was made and was given the proposed name of Meitnerium (symbol Mt). 1982: The "Transglobe Expedition" was completed by Ranulph Fiennes and Charles Burton, who became the first people to reach both poles by land. 1987: Philip H. Smith, inventor of the Smith Chart, died. 2005: Category 5 Hurricane Katrina made landfall in New Orleans, LA.

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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.