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Day in Engineering History Archive - March 26

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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.
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.


March 26

1814: French physician Joseph Guillotin, after whom the guillotine is named, died. 1854: Frederick Langenheim took the first photograph of a solar eclipse. 1865: Thomas Hancock, who founded the British rubber industry, died. 1923: The BBC began its weather broadcasting service. 1932: Henry Leland, founder of Cadillac Motors, died. 1937: Fred Maytag, a pioneer of automatic washing machines, died. 1949: Albert Stevens, who took the first photograph of Earth showing its curvature, died. 1953: Dr. Jonas Salk announced his vaccine for polio. 1973: Women were allowed on the trading floor of the London Stock Exchange for the first time. 1974: Edward Condon, of radar development and Franck-Condon fame, died. 1996: Electrical engineer and entrepreneur David Packard, who co-founded the Hewlett-Packard Company, died.
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