Day in Engineering History Archive - November 7

November 7

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Day in Engineering History November 7 Archive - RF Cafe1867: Nobel Prize-winning chemist Marie Marja Sklodowska Curie, discoverer of radium and polonium, was born. 1874: Thomas Nast was the first to portray the Republican elephant. 1885: The spike was driven for the Canadian Pacific Railway, that finally linked the Atlantic and Pacific. 1940: The Tacoma Narrows Bridge (Galloping Gertie) collapsed in Washington state. 1985: NASA launched Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) spacecraft. 1997: Chinese engineers completed the blocking of the Yangtze River, the first step toward what will be the world's largest hydroelectric dam project (Three Gorges Dam).

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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.