Day in Engineering History Archive - June 2

June 2

Robert Morris Page born on this date. - Please click here to visit RF Cafe.

1903: Robert Morris Page, inventor of pulse radar, was born. 1910: Charles Rolls became the first person to fly across the English Channel. 1930: Charles P. "Pete" Conrad, the third human to walk on the moon during Apollo 12, was born. 1953: Queen Elizabeth II took the coronation oath. 1954: The first test of a VTOL airplane took place when a Convair XFY-1 Pogo successfully performed a vertical takeoff and landing. 1966: U.S. space probe Surveyor 1 landed on the moon and started sending photographs back to Earth of the Moon's surface. 1986: Regular TV coverage of U.S. Senate sessions began. 1995: USAF pilot Capt. Scott O'Grady was shot down over Bosnia. 2003: The ESA launched Europe's first probe (Mars Express), to another planet, Mars.

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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.