Day in Engineering History Archive - August 6
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.
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.