Day in Engineering History Archive February 9
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.
1846: German engineer Wilhelm Maybach, who invented the fuel spray carburetor, was born. 1870: The U.S. Weather Bureau was authorized by Congress (later renamed the National Weather Service). 1923: Soviet Aeroflot airlines was formed. 1942: Daylight Savings "War Time" went into effect in the U.S. 1963: The Boeing 727 made its inaugural flight, and in 1969, the Boeing 747 made its inaugural flight. 1964: GI Joe action figures were introduced by Hasbro, and were sold out the first day. 1995: The first Briton, Michael Foale, and the first African-American, Bernard Harris, walked in space from the shuttle Discovery. 1996: German scientists at the GSI facility at Darmstadt, Germany, created an atom of the element 112 (named ununbium, Uub).