Day in Engineering History Archive - May 21
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.
1792: Gustave-Gaspard Coriolis, who discovered the circulation effect that bears his name, was born. 1878: Aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss was born. 1916: Daylight Saving Time was introduced in Britain as a war-time measure to save fuel. 1927: Charles Lindbergh completed his 33-1/2 hour solo, non-stop flight from NY to Paris. 1932: Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, from Newfoundland to Ireland. 1956: The U.S. exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean over Bikini Atoll. 1927: Dudley Allen Buck, inventor of the cryotron switch and ferroelectric RAM, died. 1959: Radar pioneer and head of the National Security Agency Scientific Advisory Board panel on Electronics Louis Nicot Ridenour, died. 1965: English aircraft designer Sir Geoffrey De Havilland died. 1980: "Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back," was released.