Day in Engineering History Archive - November 8
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.
1656: English astronomer
Edmond Halley, who discovered the comet
that now bears his name, was born. 1881: French aircraft designer
Robert Esnault-Pelterie, who
developed the concept of ailerons, was born. 1895:
discovered x-rays ("x" stood for "unknown") during an experiment. 1904: Harvey Hubbell received the first patent
detachable electric plug/receptacle pair. 1910: William Frost received the first patent for an "electric
insect destroyer," aka, a bug zapper. 1918: Lawrence Glendenin, codiscoverer of
promethium (Pm, 61), was born. 1923:
Jack Kilby, inventor of the integrated circuit, was born. 1942: "Operation
Torch," a British-American invasion into French North Africa, commenced. 1978: Classic American painter
died. 1984: Anna Fisher
became the first "mom" to go into orbit onboard the STS-51A flight of the the second flight of the orbiter
This is Google's homepage logo for the anniversary of Wilhelm Roentgen's discovery of x-rays.