Day in Engineering History Archive - May 16
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.
1821: Russian mathematician Pafnuty Chebyshev, after whom the Chebyshev filter transfer function is named, was born. 1830: Mathematician Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Fourier died. 1831: David Hughes, inventor of the carbon microphone, was born. 1866: Root beer was invented by Charles Hires. 1881: The first electric tram for the public started service in Germany. 1866: The nickel replaced the half-dime coin. 1933: Thomas Edison was issued his last patent - for an electro-plating device. 1946: Jack Mullin showed the world the first magnetic tape recorder. 1960: A synthetic ruby crystal laser was first operated at Hughes Research Laboratories. 1963: After 22 Earth orbits Gordon Cooper returned to Earth, ending Project Mercury. 1975: Junko Tabei became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. 1992: The space shuttle Endeavour completed its maiden voyage. 2002: Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, was released in theaters.