Day in Engineering History Archive - November 29
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.
1803: Austrian physicist Christian
Doppler, of Doppler effect fame, was born. 1849:
Sir John Ambrose Fleming, inventor of the diode tube, was born. 1877: Thomas Edison demonstrated his
hand-cranked phonograph that recorded sound on
grooved metal cylinders. 1915:
Eugene Polley, inventor of the TV remote, was born. 1929: Navy Lt. Commander
Richard Byrd radioed that he had made the first airplane flight over the South Pole. 1944: The first
open heart surgery was
performed at Johns Hopkins hospital. 1951: The first U.S. underground atom bomb test - designed "Uncle"
(a mnemonic for underground) was detonated. 1954: Nobel Prize winning physicist
died. 1961: "Enos" the chimp was launched from Cape Canaveral aboard the
Mercury-Atlas 5 spacecraft, which orbited
earth twice before returning. 1972: The original PONG
arcade unit was released by Atari.