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Day in Engineering History Archive - January 6

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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 6

1838: Samuel Morse first publicly demonstrated his telegraph, in Morristown, N.J. 1852: Blind French educator Louis Braille, inventor of the tactile reading system bearing his name, died. 1910: The first pilot's license was issued by the Aero Club of France. 1931: Thomas Edison was awarded his final patent, for a "Holder for Article to be Electroplated." 1942: The first commercial around-the-world airline flight was completed by Pan American Airlines' Pacific Clipper. 1971: Dr. Norman Shumway performed the first adult heart transplant in the U.S. at the Stanford Medical Center, in CA. 1974: Daylight Savings Time was begun four months early because of the existing Energy Crisis. 1990: Pavel Cherenkov, who discovered the radiation bearing his name, died.