Day in Engineering History Archive - June 11
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.
Today is King Kamehameha Day (Hawaii). 1644: Evangelista Torricelli described in a letter to Michelangelo Ricci the invention of a barometer, which he termed the "torricellian tube." 1770: Capt. James Cook, commander of the British ship Endeavour, discovered the Great Barrier Reef off Australia by running onto it. 1867: Charles Fabry, co-discoverer of the ozone layer, was born. 1895: The first patent for a gasoline-powered automobile was issued to Charles Duryea. 1910: Oceanographer Jacques Cousteau was born. 1915: Nicholas Constantine Metropolis, designer of the MANIAC computer used to develop the atom bomb, was born. 1927: Charles Lindberg was presented the first Distinguished Flying Cross. 1937: Reginald Mitchell, designer of the famous Spitfire airplane that beat back the German Luftwaffe in WWII, died. 1963: The Mercury space capsule was patented by 7 civilians and assigned to NASA. 1985: The USSR's Vega 1 deposited a lander on surface of Venus. 1987: Margaret Thatcher became the first British prime minister in 160 years to win a third consecutive term of office.