Day in Engineering History Archive - January 29

January 29

1838: Edward Morley, of Michelson-Morley speed of light measurement fame, was born. 1859: Clock maker Seth Thomas died. 1886: Karl Benz received a patent for the first successful, gasoline-powered car. 1901: American engineer Allen Du Mont, who invented the first commercial cathode ray tube, was born. 1959: London's famous fog was so dense that it brought public transportation to a standstill. 1996: France ended it nuclear bomb testing program. This was one boring day in history!

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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. Many 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. Images used in the logos are often from open source websites like Wikipedia, and are specifically credited with a hyperlink back to the source where possible. Fair Use laws permit small samples of copyrighted content.