Day in Engineering History Archive February 14
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 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 Computing- Tabulating- Recording Company formally changed its name. 1943: German mathematician David Hilbert, of Hilbert Transform fame, died. 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.