Day in Engineering History Archive February 8
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.
1677: Jacques Cassini, discoverer of the Cassini Division between the A and B rings of Saturn, was born. 1834: Russian Dmitry Ivanovich Mendeleev, who developed the Periodic Table and left places for undiscovered elements, was born. 1906: American physicist Chester Carlson, inventor of xerography, was born. 1910: The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated. 1916: Charles Kettering received a patent in for an automobile engine starting and ignition system. 1922: President Harding had the first radio installed in the White House. 1974: The third and final crew of astronauts returned from the Skylab orbiting laboratory. 1979: Hungarian Nobel physicist Dennis Gabor, inventor of holography, died. 1993: General Motors sued NBC, alleging that the "Dateline NBC" program had rigged two car-truck crashes to show that 1973-87 GM pickups were prone to fires in side impact crashes (NBC settled the lawsuit the following day). 1996: The "Telecommunications Act of 1996" authorized the V-Chip.