Day in Engineering History Archive - November 22
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.
1900: Wiley Post, who made the first
round-the-world solo flight (15,596 miles) in his
Lockheed Vega 5B
single-engine aircraft, was born. 1902: U.S. Army pathologist
Walter Reed, after whom the Walter Reed Hospital is
named, died. 1904: The first direct current, variable speed, interpole
electric motor was patented by Mathias Pfatischer. 1907: American astronomer
Asaph Hall, who discovered and named the two
moons of Mars Phobos and Deimos, died. 1909: Wilbur and Orville Wright formed the
Wright Company, which would become a million-dollar corporation for the commercial manufacture of airplanes.
1927: The first U.S. patent for a
snowmobile "vehicle for snow travel" was issued to Carl Eliason. 1944: English astrophysicist
Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington
President J.F. Kennedy was
fatally shot in Dallas, TX. 1972: The U.S. ended a 22-year
travel ban to China. 1988: The
stealth bomber was first revealed to the public. 1990:
Margaret Thatcher announced her resignation as British Prime Minister. 2005:
Angela Merkel became the first female
Chancellor of Germany.