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Day in Engineering History Archive - December 18

December 18

Edwin Armstrong - Invented frequency modulation, superheterodyne & regenerative receivers - RF Cafe1856: Sir J.J. Thomson, who won a Nobel Prize for his work on cathode rays, was born. 1890: American electrical engineer Edwin Armstrong, a pioneer in radio communications and electronic theory and inventor of the CW transmitter, regenerative & superheterodyne circuits, and frequency modulation, was born. 1926: G.N. Lewis coined the word "photon." 1957: The Shippingport Atomic Power Station in PA, the first civilian nuclear facility to generate electricity in the United States, went online. 1958: Project SCORE (Signal Communication by Orbiting Relay Equipment), the first American communication satellite, was launched on an Atlas booster. 1977: Voyager 1 took the first photograph of the Earth and the moon together. 1997: The 9.3-mile toll expressway, Tokyo Bay Aqualine bridge and tunnel that spans the narrowest gap of Tokyo Bay, opened to traffic after 31 years of studies. 1998: ICANN, the Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers, was formed.

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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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