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Day in Engineering History Archive - December 26

December 26

Happy Birthday Charles Babbage!  Please click here to visit RF CafeHappy Birthday Clemens Winkler! Click here to return to the RF Cafe homepage.1791: English mathematician Charles Babbage, whose difference engine is considered the first programmable calculator, was born. 1838: Clemens Winkler (no relation to The Fonz), discoverer of the element germanium, was born. 1898: Polish-French scientist Marie Curie discovered the radioactive element radium while experimenting with pitchblende. 1967: A patent was issued to the Wham-O company for their improvement of the Frisbee. 1975: The Soviet Union inaugurated the world's first supersonic transport service with a flight of its Tupolev-144 airliner from Moscow to Alma-Ata. 1982: The Man of the Year in Time magazine was a computer (first ever non-human), honored as 1982's "greatest influence for good or evil."

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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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