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Day in Engineering History Archive - March 3

March 3

National Bureau of Standards (now NIST) Created - Please click here to visit RF Cafe.Day in Engineering History March 3 Archive - RF Cafe1703: Robert Hooke, who developed Hooke's Law for springs, died. 1847: Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, was born. 1851: The U.S. Congress authorized the 3¢ piece - it was the smallest U.S. silver coin, and reduced the rate of a 1st-class stamp from 5¢ to 3¢. 1863: Congress authorized a track width of 4-ft 8-1/2-in as the standard for the Union Pacific Railroad. 1885: The American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T) was incorporated in New York as a subsidiary of the American Bell Telephone Company. 1901: Congress created National Bureau of Standards (NIST as of 1988). 1919: The first U.S. international airmail service began. 1923: The first edition of Time magazine was published. 1931: "The Star-Spangled Banner" was designated the national anthem of the U.S. 1966: The BBC made its first colour broadcast. 1972: The unmanned U.S. space probe Pioneer 10 was launched, and on June 13, 1983, the spacecraft became the first man-made object to leave the solar system. 2005: Steve Fossett completed the first solo non-stop flight around the world without refueling in the GlobalFlyer.

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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.

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