Day in Engineering History Archive - March 24

March 24

1932: The first radio broadcast from a moving train was made by WABC. 1958: Elvis Presley joined the army. 1959: The maser (Microwave Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) was patented by Charles Townes. 1962: Danish physicist Auguste Piccard, who pioneered high altitude balloon and deep sea vehicle research, died. 1965: Millions watched a first-ever 15-minute live broadcast of the Ranger 9 moon crashing into the moon. 1989: The Exxon Valdez oil tanker struck a reef in Alaska's Prince William Sound and spilled 240,000 barrels of crude oil. 1992: The first Belgian astronaut, Dirk Frimout, went into space onboard the Atlantis Space Shuttle.

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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.