Day in Engineering History Archive February 18

February 18

Happy Birthday Alessandro Volta!  Please click here to visit RF Cafe.Day in Engineering History February 18 Archive - RF Cafe1745: Alessandro Volta, inventor of the storage battery and namesake of the "volt" unit, was born. 1838: Ernst Mach, of speed of sound unit defining fame, was born. 1851: Karl Gustav Jacob Jacobi, founder of elliptical functions, died. 1871: Harry Brearley, inventor of stainless steel, was born. 1875: Auguste Bartholdi was granted patent for the Statue of Liberty. 1898: Car manufacturer and racing star Enzo Ferrari was born. 1908: Lee de Forest received a patent on his Audion amplification tube. 1885: Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was first published. 1930: The ninth has-been planet of our solar system, Pluto, was discovered. 1957: American astronomer Henry Russell, who showed the relationship between a star's brightness and its spectral type, and co-created the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, died. 1967: The "Father of the Atomic Bomb," Robert Oppenheimer, died. 1977: The space shuttle Enterprise, sitting atop a Boeing 747, went on its maiden "flight" above the Mojave Desert. 1981: American aviation pioneer Jack Northrop died. 2001: Veteran NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Sr., 49, died from injuries suffered in a crash at the Daytona 500.

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