Day in Engineering History Archive - June 16

June 16

1st Model A Ford Produced - Please click here to visit RF Cafe.1867: Joseph Lister in Glasgow, Scotland, became the first surgeon to perform surgery under antiseptic conditions. 1903: Ford Motor Company was incorporated, and its ten employees began producing the company's first car, the Model A. 1911: Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (C-T-R), the precursor to International Business Machines (IBM), was incorporated. 1930: Elmer Sperry, inventor of the gyrocompass, died. 1963: Lt. Valentina Tereshkova became the first Russian woman to go into the Earth orbit in her spaceship Vostok VI. 1977: German rocket pioneer Wernher von Braun died. 1986: The final flight of the B-47 Stratojet occurred on its way to Castle AFB for becoming a permanent display. 2000: Los Alamos National Laboratory in NM discovered that two computer hard drives containing nuclear secrets were missing due to lax security.

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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.