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Day in Engineering History Archive - November 24

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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.
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.

November 24

1874: American farmer Joseph Glidden was awarded a patent for the first barbed wire. 1903: The first patent for an automobile electric self-starter was issued to Clyde Coleman of NY City. 1916: Prolific inventor Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim, who developed the Maxim (machine) gun and also was the father of ARRL founder Hiram Percy Maxim, died. 1922: 2012: NiMH Battery Inventor Stanford Ovshinsky was born. 1963: Lee Harvey Oswald, the man accused of murdering President Kennedy the day before, was shot to death in a Dallas police station by Jack Ruby. 1969: Apollo 12, the second manned moon mission, returned to Earth. 1971: D.B. Cooper parachuted from a Northwest Airlines 727 with $200,000 and was never captured or found. 1998: AOL announced its acquisition of Netscape and a strategic partnership with Sun Microsystems. 2005: Round-the-clock drinking in pubs in England and Wales became law.


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