Day in Engineering History Archive - May 29
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.
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.