Day in Engineering History Archive November 2

November 2

Day in Engineering History November 2 Archive - RF CafeHoward Hughes' Spruce Goose makes it's 1st and only flight - RF Cafe1815: English mathematician George Boole, of Boolean algebra fame, was born. 1885: American astronomer Harlow Shapley, who discovered the sun's position in the Milky Way galaxy, was born. 1920: Pittsburgh radio station KDKA made first commercial radio broadcast - presidential election results (between Warren Harding and James Cox - Harding won). 1936: BBC Television Service inaugurated the world's first regular, public, high-definition television broadcasting system. 1942: The first controlled nuclear chain reaction was demonstrated at the University of Chicago. 1947: Howard Hughes flew his huge wooden airplane, the Spruce Goose, on its only flight, which lasted about a minute. 1982: Barney Clark had the world's first artificial heart transplant. 1988: Robert Morris released what is considered to be the first successful worm (Morris Worm) or Internet. 1992: The Airbus A330 first flew. 2000: An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts became the first permanent residents of 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.