Day in Engineering History Archive - May 3
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.
1695: Henri Pitot, discoverer of the pitot tube used for airspeed measurements, died. 1923: Lieutenants Oakley Kelly and John Macready landed their Fokker T-2 at Rockwell Field, San Diego, CA, completing the first non-stop transcontinental flight (26 hours and 50 minutes). 1944: U.S. wartime rationing of most grades of meats ended. 1945: Allies arrested German nuclear physicist Werner Heisenberg. 1968: Surgeons conducted the UK's first heart transplant. 1973: The Sears Tower became the world's tallest building. 1999: The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed above 11,000 for the first time. 2000: Datapoint, the company that commissioned the Intel 8008 microprocessor, declared bankruptcy. 2003: When dawn broke, the rocky visage of New Hampshire's famous Old Man of the Mountain was gone, having crumbled and fallen overnight. 2007: Astronaut Wally Schirra, the only man to fly in Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spaceships, died.