Day in Engineering History Archive - March 23

March 23

Happy Birthday Wernher von Braun! Click here to return to the RF Cafe homepage.Day in Engineering History March 23 Archive - RF Cafe1749: French mathematician Pierre-Simon Laplace born. 1775: American revolutionary Patrick Henry declared, "...give me liberty, or give me death!" In 1840: Englishman J.W. Draper took the first successful photograph of the Moon. 1857: The world’s first passenger safety elevator, by Elisha Otis, went into service in a store in New York City. 1873: Richard Proctor, who first proposed that lunar craters are caused by meteors rather than volcanic actions, was born. 1903: The Wright brothers obtained an airplane patent. 1909: British Lt. Shackleton found the magnetic South Pole. 1912: German rocket pioneer Wernher von Braun was born. 1983: President Ronal Reagan announced the Strategic Defensive Initiative (SDI, or "Star Wars"). 1989: Electrochemists Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischman announced that they had created nuclear ("cold") fusion in a test tube at room temperature. 2001: The Russian space station, Mir, burned up in Earth's atmosphere after far out-living its designed lifespan. 2007: Set theory mathematician Paul Cohen died.

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