Day in Engineering History Archive - December 27
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.
1571: German astronomer Johannes Kepler, who formulated the three major laws of planetary motion, was born. 1771: Henri Pitot, discoverer of the pitot tube used for airspeed measurements, died. 1822: French microbiologist Louis Pasteur, who developed the pasteurization process for milk preservation and developed the rabies vaccine, was born. 1825: The first public railroad using steam locomotive was completed in England. 1923: French civil engineer Gustave Eiffel, of tower fame, died. 1932: Radio City Music Hall opened in NYC. 1949: United States of Indonesia gained independence from Netherlands. 1956: USAF Captain Milburn Apt piloted the Bell X-2 to Mach 3.2, the first time past Mach 3. 968: Apollo 8 and its three astronauts made a safe, nighttime splashdown in the Pacific. 1977: Star Wars hit British theaters.