Day in Engineering History Archive - June 14
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 Flag Day in the U.S. 1736: Charles-Augustin de Coulomb, after whom the unit of charge is named, was born. 1832: Nikolaus Otto, developer of the 4-cycle internal combustion engine, was born. 1834: The first patent for sandpaper was issued. 1864: Alois Alzheimer, who discovered the disease named after him, was born. 1922: Warren G. Harding became the first president heard on radio, as Baltimore station WEAR broadcast his speech dedicating the Francis Scott Key memorial at Fort McHenry. 1933: The first sodium vapor lamps were installed in Schenectady, NY. 1940: German forces occupied Paris during World War II. 1946: Television inventor John Logie Baird died. 1950: The FBI's "10 Most Wanted Fugitives" program began. 1951: The Univac 1 was unveiled in Washington, DC. and dedicated as the world's first commercial digital computer. 1952: The keel was laid for the first American atomic submarine, the Nautilus. 1982: Argentina surrendered to Great Britain, ending the 74-day Falkland Islands War. 1989: Ronald Reagan was given honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth. 1995: A record 13 people were in space simultaneously when the Space Shuttle joined MIR.