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Day in Engineering History Archive - January 9

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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 9

1793: Jean Pierre Blanchard, using a hot-air balloon, flew between Philadelphia, PA, and Woodbury, N.J. 1848: English astronomer Caroline Herschel, the first woman to discover a new comet, died. 1894: "Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze" was released in movie theaters. 1939: The discovery of element Fr (francium) was reported by French chemist Marguerite Perey. 1951: The United Nations headquarters building in NYC officially opened. 1958: Willis Whitney, who founded the General Electric research laboratory, died. 1968: The Surveyor 7 space probe made a soft landing on the moon, marking the end of the American series of unmanned explorations of the lunar surface. 1986: Kodak exited the instant camera business after losing a patent lawsuit with Polaroid. 1998: Scientists announced the discovery that some galaxies are actually accelerating, flying apart at ever faster speeds.