Day in Engineering History Archive - January 21
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.
1901: Elisha Gray, who missed being labeled as the inventor of the telephone by mere hours when Alexander Graham Bell beat him to the patent office, died. 1901: American engineer Allen Du Mont, who invented the first commercial cathode ray tube, was born. 1954: The USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, was launched. 1970: The first wide body jet was put into service as the PanAm Boeing 747 made its first flight between from New York's JFK Airport and Heathrow Airport in London. 1976: The supersonic Concorde jet (SST) was put into service by Britain and France. 1979: Neptune became the outermost planet as Pluto's highly elliptical orbit brought it inside Neptune's. 1981: Iranian terrorists released embassy hostages after 444 days captivity.