Day in Engineering History Archive - March 16
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.
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.