Day in Engineering History Archive - January 27
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.
1880: Thomas Edison received a patent for his incandescent electric lamp. 1932: U.S. Bureau of Standards scientist Louis Austin, who pioneered long-range radio broadcasts, died. 1943: During World War II, the first all American air raid against Germany took place when about 50 bombers attacked Wilhelmshaven. 1967: A fire engulfed the Apollo 1 spacecraft during a launch pad test, killing its crew of three. 1981: U.S. President Reagan greeted the 52 former American hostages released by Iran at the White House. 1989: Sir Thomas Sopwith, of Camel biplane and triplane fame, died. 1996: France conducted an open-air nuclear test in the South Pacific.