Day in Engineering History Archive - July 28

July 28

Trans-Alaska Pipeline Loaded 1st Oil onto Tanker - Please click here to visit RF Cafe.1865: The American Dental Association proposed its first code of ethics. 1851: A total solar eclipse was first captured on a daguerreotype photograph at the Royal Observatory in Königsberg, Prussia. 1858: Fingerprints were used as a means of identification for the first time. 1866: The metric system was authorized for the standardization of weights and measures throughout the United States this day. 1900: Louis Lassing of New Haven, CT created the first hamburger. 1907: Earl Tupper, inventor of the plastic Tupperware, was born. 1934: Nelly Diener became Europe’s first air stewardess. 1943: President Roosevelt announced the end of coffee rationing. 1945: A U.S. Army B-25 bomber got lost in the fog and crashed into Empire State Building. 1977: The 799-mile trans-Alaska pipeline began full operation as the first oil from Prudhoe Bay arrived at Valdez. 1986: NASA released a transcript from doomed Challenger space shuttle, where pilot Michael Smith could be heard saying, "Uh-oh!" as spacecraft disintegrated.

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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.