Day in Engineering History Archive February 27
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.
1891: American communications pioneer and RCA's first general manager, David Sarnoff, was born. 1900: Felix Hoffman was awarded a patent for acetyl salicylic acid (Aspirin). 1906: Aeronautical pioneer Samuel Langley died. 1910: American aeronautical engineer Kelly Johnson, who founded the Lockheed Skunk Works, was born. 1932: The neutron was discovered by Dr. James Chadwick. 1936: Ivan Petrovich Pavlov, of salivating dog fame, died. 1942: J.S. Hey discovered radio emissions from the Sun. 1962: Astronaut Wally Schirra, the only man to fly in America's first three space programs: Mercury, Gemini and Apollo, blasted off from Cape Canaveral aboard the "Sigma 7" on a nine-hour flight. 1999: Colin Prescot and Andy Elson set a new hot air balloon endurance record by staying aloft for 233 hours and 55 minutes.