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Day in Engineering History Archive - June 14

June 14

Flag Day. Click here to return to the RF Cafe homepage.Happy Birthday Charles-Augustin de Coulomb! - Please click here to visit RF Cafe.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.

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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.

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