Day in Engineering History Archive - May 14

May 14

Happy Birthday to Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit!  Please click here to visit RF Cafe.1687: Gabriel Fahrenheit, inventor of the temperature scale bearing his name, was born. 1879: Thomas Edison incorporated the Edison Telephone Company of Europe. 1919: Henry John Heinz, founder of the J.H. Heinz Company and originator of the "57 Varieties" slogan, died. 1897: Guglielmo Marconi made the first communication by wireless telegraph. 1948: The state of Israel and its provisional government was established. 1957: Petrol rationing following the Suez crisis ended in the U.K. 1963: The first U.S. patent for a "solar airplane vehicle" was issued to Elmer Johnson. 1963: A laser light beam link carried the first laser TV signal during a network broadcast on CBS. 1973: Skylab 1 was launched into orbit around Earth as the first U.S. manned space station. 1978: William Lear, designer of the Lear Jet, died. 1998: "Seinfeld" aired its final episode after nine years on NBC.

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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.