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Day in Engineering History Archive - January 13

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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.

January 13

1903: Granville Woods was issued a patent for an "Electric Railway System" of the type that "current for the car-motor is taken from working contacts or conductors along the road bed." 1906: Hugh Gernsback, of the Electro Importing Company, advertised radio receivers for sale for $8.50 in "Scientific American" magazine. 1920: A New York Times editorial proclaimed rockets can never fly. 1930: Sebastian de Ferranti, an electrical engineer who developed the first 10 kV (4x previous) transmission system and components, died. 1942: Henry Ford patented a plastic automobile, which allowed for a 30% decrease in car weight. 1942: The first use of an ejection seat to save a pilot was made by German test pilot Mr. Schenk. 2000: Microsoft chairman Bill Gates stepped aside as CEO and promoted company president Steve Ballmer to the position.


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