Day in Engineering History Archive - May 29

May 29

Rockwell's Rosie the Riveter on TIME Cover - Please click here to visit RF Cafe.1919: A solar eclipse permitted observation of the bending of starlight passing through the sun's gravitational field, thereby confirming Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity. 1929: Englishman Peter Higgs, of the Higgs boson fame, was born. 1943: Norman Rockwell's portrait of "Rosie the Riveter" appeared on the cover of "The Saturday Evening Post." 1953: Mount Everest was conquered as Edmund Hillary of New Zealand, and Tensing Norgay of Nepal became the first climbers to reach the summit. 1999: The space shuttle Discovery completed the first-ever docking with the International Space Station.

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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.