Day in Engineering History Archive - December 1
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.
1743: German physicist Martin Klaproth, who discovered uranium, zirconium, and cerium, was born. 1792: Russian mathematician Nikolay Lobachevsky, who is credited with developing non-Euclidean geometry, was born. 1935: German astronomer Bernhard Schmidt, who invented the type of reflecting telescope named after him (Schmidt telescope, Schmidt-Cassegrain, etc.), died. 1941: The U.S. Civil Air Patrol was created. 1941: Federico Faggin, inventor of the Z80 microprocessor, was born. 1969: The U.S. government held its first draft lottery since World War II. 1989: Ford acquired Jaguar Cars for $2.5 billion. 1990: British and French workers digging the Channel Tunnel ("Chunnel") under the English Channel finally met in the service tunnel after knocking out a passage large enough to walk through and shake hands, 22.3 km from the U.K. and 15.6 km from France. 1998: Exxon announced an $80B deal to buy Mobil, thus creating Exxon-Mobil, the 3rd largest company on the planet.