Day in Engineering History Archive - August 6

August 6

1st WWW Site Published - Please click here to visit RF Cafe.1766: William Wollaston, discoverer of palladium and rhodium, was born. 1806: The Holy Roman Empire went out of existence as Emperor Francis I abdicated. 1881: Alexander Fleming, who discovered penicillin, was born. 1890: The electric chair was used for the first time to execute murderer William Kemmler, in NY. 1934: U.S. troops left Haiti, which had been occupied since 1915. 1935: William Coolidge obtained a patent for his cathode ray tube. 1945: The American B-29 bomber "Enola Gay" dropped the first atomic bomb (nicknamed "Little Boy") over the center of Hiroshima, Japan, marking the beginning of the end of the war begun four years earlier with the massacre at Pearl Harbor. 1961: Russian cosmonaut Gherman Titov orbited the earth 20 times, just four months after Yuri Gagarin made his historic venture. 1991: Tim Berners-Lee published the first website on the WWW while at CERN; it described how to use the world wide web. 1996: NASA announced that life may have existed on Mars. 1997: Apple Computer and Microsoft agreed to share technology in a deal giving Microsoft a stake in Apple's survival.

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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.