Day in Engineering History Archive - June 20
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.
1918: The X-ray expert Dr. Eugene W. Caldwell, died of X-ray burns in NY. 1840: Samuel Morse was granted a patent for telegraphy signals. 1935: The U.S. Army Air Force was established and headed by Gen. Hap Arnold, replacing the Army Air Corps. 1939: The world's first airplane to be propelled solely by a liquid-fuelled rocket, the Heinkel He-176, flew for first time. 1942: Japanese submarine I-25 launched an attack on Fort Stevens, located on the Columbia River in OR. 1950: Willie Mays graduated from high school and immediately signed with the New York Giants. 1977: The Trans-Alaska Pipeline began carrying oil from the Arctic Ocean to Prince William Sound. 1980: "Blues Brothers" with Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi premiered. 1981: Henri-Gaston Busignies, developer of HF (high frequency) direction finding equipment, died. 1996: Westinghouse Electric agreed to buy Infinity Broadcasting for $4.9 billion. 2005: Jack Kilby, inventor of the integrated circuit, died. 2006: IBM and the Georgia Institute of Technology demonstrated the first silicon-based transistor that operates at 500 GHz.