Day in Engineering History Archive - August 30
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.
1844: Francis Baily, who studied the solar eclipse phenomenon of Baily's Beads, died. 1871: British Nobel Prize winner Sir Ernest Rutherford, who discovered alpha and beta particles, as well as gamma radiation, was born. 1907: John Mauchly, co-inventor of the ENIAC computer, was born. 1914: The first bombing of Paris by a German airplane occurred. 1929: General Electric delivered to Colonel E.H. Green the first commercial hybrid auto that used both gasoline and electric power. 1940: Sir J.J. Thomson, who won a Nobel Prize for his work on cathode rays, died. 1963: The Hot Line communications link between the White House and the Kremlin became operational. 1983: Guion Bluford Jr. became the first black American astronaut to travel in space, flying aboard the shuttle Challenger. 1985: My son, Philip, was born - Happy Birthday! 1993: "The Late Show with David Letterman" premiered on CBS. 1994: The largest U.S. defense contractor was created when the Lockheed and Martin Marietta corporations agreed to a merger. 2004: Astronomer Fred Whipple, who proposed the "dirty snowball" model for comets, died.