Day in Engineering History Archive - November 14
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.
1765: Robert Fulton, whose Clermont was the first
truly successful steamboat, was born. 1863: Leo Baekeland, inventor of
Bakelite, which played a large role as
an insulator in early electronics, was born. 1910: The first airplane flight from a ship was made by
Eugene Ely from the bow of the scout cruiser Birmingham. 1914: Black American educator & inventor
Booker T. Washington
died. 1922: The
Corporation (BBC) began its domestic radio service. 1930:
Edward White, the
first U.S. astronaut to walk in space, was born. 1967: A patent for
Ruby Laser Systems was issued to Theodore Maiman. 1969:
blasted off on a mission to the moon. 1972: The
Dow Jones Industrial
Average closed above the 1,000 level for the first time, ending the day at 1003.16. 1994: Public trains began
operation in the English Channel Tunnel (Chunnel).
2005: U.S. Navy made the first launch of an
underwater glider from a submarine
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