Day in Engineering History Archive - February 24
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.
1663: Thomas Newcomen, inventor of the atmospheric steam engine, was born. 1810: Henry Cavendish, discoverer of hydrogen and nitrogen, died. 1815: Robert Fulton, whose Clermont was the first truly successful steamboat, died. 1839: William Otis received a patent for the steam shovel. 1856: Russian mathematician Nikolay Lobachevsky, who is credited with developing non-Euclidean geometry, died. 1923: Edward Morley, of Michelson-Morley speed of light measurement fame, died. 1925: RCA's (Victrola Talking Machine Company) "His Master's Voice" was trademark registered. 1942: The Voice of America (VOA) radio began its broadcasts to Nazi occupied nations. 1942: The U.S. Government stopped shipments of all 12-gauge shotguns for sporting use for the wartime effort. 1949: "Bumper 5," the first two-stage rocket to reach outer space was launched from the White Sands Proving Grounds, NM. 1968: The discovery of pulsars was announced by Nature. 1987: An exploding supernova was discovered in the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy.