Day in Engineering History Archive February 17

February 17

Vanguard II - 1st Weather Satellite - Launched - RF CafeDay in Engineering History February 17 Archive - RF Cafe1843: Department store magnate Aaron Montgomery Ward was born. 1933: Blondie Boopadoop married Dagwood Bumstead three years after Chic Young's popular strip first debuted. 1936: Hiram Percy Maxim, co-founder of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), died. 1953: Baseball star/pilot Ted Williams was uninjured when his F9F jet plane was shot down in Korea. 1959: The first weather satellite, Vanguard II, was launched. 1979: China invaded Vietnam. 1996: Gary Kasparov defeated Deep Blue, IBM's chess-playing computer.

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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. Many 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. Images used in the logos are often from open source websites like Wikipedia, and are specifically credited with a hyperlink back to the source where possible. Fair Use laws permit small samples of copyrighted content.