Day in Engineering History Archive - May 31
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.
1790: The U.S. Copyright Law was passed. 1852: German physician Richard Petri, inventor of the Petri Dish, was born. 1879: Madison Square Garden opened, and the first electric railway opened at the Berlin Trades Exposition. 1889: More than 2,000 people perished when a dam break sent water rushing through Johnstown, PA. 1915: A German zeppelin made an air raid on London. 1927: Ford Motor Company produced its last "Tin Lizzie." 1977: The Trans-Alaska oil pipeline was completed after three years of work. 1996: Benjamin Netanyahu won Israel's election for prime minister. 2005: "Deep Throat," of Watergate fame, finally identified himself after 30 years.