Day in Engineering History Archive - June 10
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.
1836: André-Marie Ampère, after whom the unit of current is named, died. 1854: Bernhard Riemann proposed that space is curved. 1854: The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, held its first graduation. 1909: The SOS distress signal was used for the first time by the Cunard liner SS Slavonia when it wrecked off the Azores. 1932: Artificial lightning using 10 MV was demonstrated by GE. 1940: Italy declared war on France and Britain; Canada declared war on Italy. 1943: The ball point pen was patented by Laslo Biro. 1952: Mylar became a registered trademark for DuPont's extraordinarily strong polyester film. 1977: Apple Computer shipped its first Apple II. 1996: Intel released the 200 MHz Pentium. 2000: The Millennium Bridge, a footbridge across the River Thames, was opened by Queen Elizabeth.