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Day in Engineering History Archive - January 23

January 23

1849: English-born Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in America to receive a medical degree. 1862: German mathematician David Hilbert, of Hilbert Transform fame, was born. 1930: Clyde Tombaugh first photographed the planet Pluto. 1950: Jerusalem became the official capital of Israel. 1960: The U.S. Navy bathyscaphe Trieste descended to a record depth of 35,820 feet (10,750 meters) in the Mariana Trench, in the Pacific Ocean. 1964: The first animal to human heart transplant was performed. 1983: The A-Team ("I pity the fool") debuted on NBC. 1996: Java 1.0 was released with the promise of being a Write Once Run Anywhere (WORA) programming language.

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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.
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