Day in Engineering History Archive - March 21
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.
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.