Day in Engineering History Archive - July 19
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Note: These historical tidbits have been collected from various sources, mostly on the Internet. As detailed in
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.
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.
firearms manufacturer Samuel Colt was born. 1843: The first all-metal
ocean liner, the S.S. Great Britain, was launched from Bristol, England. 1865:
Charles Mayo, co-founder of the Mayo
Clinic, was born. 1912: A meteor with an estimated mass of 190 kg exploded over the town of
Holbrook, AZ, causing approximately 16,000 pieces of debris to rain down on the town. 1937:
George Parker, inventor of the
the first successful fountain pen and founder of the Parker Pen Company, died. 1937:
The official search for missing flyers Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan ended.
BBC World Service began regular broadcasting throughout Europe of opening four notes of Beethoven's Fifth
Symphony, which in Morse Code spell V for "Victory" (dit, dit, dit, dah.., get it?). 1942: The Messerschmitt Me 262 jet
fighter made its first flight under jet engine power. 1957: The first rocket with nuclear warhead was fired from
an F-89 at Yucca Flat, NV (code name
Plumbbob/John). 1961: The first in-flight movie, By Love Possessed, was
shown on TWA. 1991: Cal Ripken played
his 1,500th consecutive game. 2005:
Death Valley, CA recorded a temperature of 53.9°C (129°F). 2010: David Ronald de Mey Warren, the Australian
scientist who invented the flight data recorder (or "black box"), died.