Day in Engineering History Archive - March 16

March 16

Georg Simon Ohm's Birthday - Please click here to visit RF Cafe.1750: English astronomer Caroline Herschel, the first woman to discover a new comet, was born. 1789: German physicist Georg Simon Ohm, in honor of whom the unit of resistance is named, was born. 1802: The U.S. Congress established West Point Military Academy in NY. 1915: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) began operation. 1918: Nobel laureate Frederick Reines, who discovered the neutrino, was born. 1922: WKY-AM in Oklahoma City began radio transmissions. 1926: Robert Goddard launched the first successful liquid-fuel rocket flight (to a height of 184') in a field in Auburn, MA. 1927: Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov, who became the first human to die during a space mission when the parachute failed to open on Soyuz 1, was born. 1935: Adolf Hitler ordered a German rearmament and violated the Treaty of Versailles. 1966: The first manned docking of two spacecraft was accomplished by the Gemini 8 spacecraft and the Gemini Agena target vehicle. 1988: Saddam Hussein ordered the VX gassing of thousands of his own countrymen in Halabja, Iraq.

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