Day in Engineering History Archive - December 30
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.
1691: Irish chemist Robert Boyle, of Boyles gas law fame, died. 1851: Asa Candler, whose marketing genius made Coca Cola a household name, was born. 1884: The American Metrological Society formed a committee to establish an efficient system of weights, measures and physical units. 1922: Vladimir Lenin proclaimed the establishment of the USSR. 1924: Edwin Hubble announced the existence of other galactic systems. 1927: The first subway in the Orient, the Tokyo Underground Railway, was dedicated in Japan. 1947: Alfred Whitehead, co-author with Bertrand Russell "Principia Mathematica," died. 1953: The first color TV sets went on sale by Admiral for about $1,175. 2006: At a little after 6:00 am, Baghdad time, Saddam Hussein was hanged for crimes against humanity.