Day in Engineering History Archive - August 8
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Note: These historical tidbits have been collected from various sources, mostly on the Internet.
As detailed in
, 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.
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
RF Cafe logos
. Where available, I like to use images from postage stamps from the country where
the person or event occurred.
1854: Metal bullet cartridges were patented by
Smith & Wesson. 1876:
Thomas Edison received a patent for his
Ernest Lawrence, inventor of the cyclotron, and after whom the
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory was named, was born.
1902: English physicist
Paul Dirac, who shared a Nobel Prize with
Erwin Schrödinger, and after whom the
Dirac delta function
is named, was born. 1911:
Patent #1,000,000 was issued to Francis Holton for a vehicle tire. 1929: The German airship
Graf Zeppelin began an around-the-world flight. 1940: The German
began a series of daylight air raids on Great Britain, aka the
Battle of Britain. 1945: The Soviet Union declared war against Japan during WWII. 1963: The "Great Train Robbery" took place in Britain, where a gang of 15 thieves stole 2.6 million pounds
in bank notes. 1979: The temperature hit a high of 88°F on 8/8/88 in NY City. 1991: British countryman
John McCarthy was set free after being held captive in Lebanon by Islamic Jihad for over five
years. 1991: The Warszawa Radio mast, the tallest structure in the world, collapsed during maintenance. 1996: Sir Frank Whittle, aircraft jet propulsions pioneer, died. 2008:
Harry B. Smith, the
"father of pulse Doppler radar, died.