Day in Engineering History Archive - July 29
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.
1870: America's first asphalt pavement was laid in Newark, N.J. 1909: Georges Legagneux made the first airplane flight in Sweden in his Voisin biplane. 1914: The first transcontinental telephone service was inaugurated when two people held a conversation between New York, NY and San Francisco, CA. 1914: Baron Marcel Bich, who built his business empire by creating throwaway Bic pens, razors and lighters, was born. 1920: The first transcontinental airmail flight relay from New York to San Francisco took place. 1927: The first iron lung (electric respirator) was installed at Bellevue hospital in NY for the post war polio epidemic. 1938: Comic strip "Dennis the Menace," first appeared. 1952: The first transpacific non-stop flight by jet occurred with a SAC RB-45C. 1958: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was authorized by the U.S. Congress. 1979: Pioneer 11 flew past Saturn and returned pictures revealing the unknown F ring. 1982: Vladimir Zworykin, inventor of the iconoscope and known as "the father of television," died.