Day in Engineering History Archive - March 21

March 21

Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier born. Click here to return to the RF Cafe homepage.1768: Mathematician Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Fourier was born. 1861: The Constitution of the Confederate States of America established a Patent Office. 1877: French aircraft designer Maurice Farman was born. 1915: American inventor and engineer Frederick Taylor, known as the father of scientific management, was born. 1925: Carl Eilers, the "Father of FM and TV Stereo," was born. 1942: A secret report (held until after WWII was over) was submitted suggesting the name "plutonium" for artificial element 94 since it followed neptunium and uranium. 1965: Martin Luther King, Jr. led the historic 54-mile civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. 1963: Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay was emptied of its last inmates at the order of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. 1991: Leo Fender, inventor of the first solid body electric guitar, died. 1999: A balloon flown by Brian Jones and Bertrand Piccard achieved the first non-stop round-the-world balloon flight.

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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.