Day in Engineering History Archive - December 7
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.
Today is Pearl Harbor Day. 1905: Gerard Kuiper, who discovered Miranda, a moon of Uranus, and Nereid, a moon of Neptune, and after whom the Kuiper Belt is named, was born. 1909: Leo Baekeland was awarded a patent for Bakelite, which was the forerunner to today's synthetic plastics. 1934: Wiley Post was credited with discovering the jet stream when he flew into the stratosphere over Bartlesville, OK. On December 7th, 1941, Japanese forces attacked American and British territories and possessions in the Pacific, including the home base of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, thus launching America into World War II. Today, America and Japan are the staunchest of allies. 1960: Walter Noddack, discoverer of the element rhenium (Re, 75), died. 1970: Rube Goldberg, engineer famous for his drawings of Mouse Trap-like contraptions, died. 1972: The Apollo 17 crew blasted off on the last manned mission to the moon, and Eugene Cernan became the last human to step foot on the moon. 1977: Peter Goldmark, who developed the first color commercial television system as well as the 33-1/3 LP phonograph record, died. 2003: Japan abandoned its first Martian probe after a five year journey.