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Day in Engineering History Archive - December 2

December 2

1st Sustained Fission Reaction - RF Cafe

1594: Flemish cartographer Gerardus Mercator, developer of the map projection that bears his name, died. 1877: Louis-Paul Cailletet became the first to liquefy oxygen. 1881: German physicist Heinrich Barkhausen, who discovered the effect named after him regarding changes in the magnetic properties of metal, was born. 1895: James Dewar exhibited his new apparatus for the production of liquefied air. 1906: Peter Goldmark, who developed the first color commercial television system as well as the 33-1/3 LP phonograph record, was born. 1927: The first Model A Fords sold for $385. 1941: Admiral Yamamoto ordered his fleet to Pearl Harbor. 1942: A self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction was demonstrated by Dr. Enrico Fermi and his staff at the University of Chicago. 1952: The first human birth was televised to public on KOA-TV. 1965: American physicist Hugh Dryden, who headed NACA (now NASA) for seven years and after whom the Dryden Flight Research Center is named, died. 1990: The first parliamentary election was held in newly reunified Germany. 2001: Enron filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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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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