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Day in Engineering History Archive - August 8

August 8

Happy Birthday, Paul Dirac! - Please click here to visit RF Cafe.

1854: Metal bullet cartridges were patented by Smith & Wesson. 1876: Thomas Edison received a patent for his mimeograph. 1901: 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 Luftwaffe 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.

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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.
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