Day in Engineering History Archive February 14

February 14

Happy Valentine's Day!  Please click here to visit RF Cafe.Day in Engineering History February 14 Archive - RF CafeToday is Valentine's Day. 1876: Alexander Bell filed an application for a patent for the telephone. 1877: American radio pioneer Greenleaf Pickard, inventor of the crystal detector, was born. 1924: International Business Machines (IBM) was born when the Computing- Tabulating- Recording Company formally changed its name. 1943: German mathematician David Hilbert, of Hilbert Transform fame, died. 1946: The world's first programmable electronic digital computer, ENIAC (the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Calculator) was demonstrated at the Moore School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. 1950: American physicist Karl Jansky, the "Father of Radio Astronomy" who discovered the cosmic background radiation, died. 1961: Lawrencium (Lr, 103) was produced at University of CA, Berkeley. 1989: The first operational satellite of the Global Positioning System (Block II) was placed into orbit around Earth.

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