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Day in Engineering History Archive - October 12

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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.

 

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1812: Nobel Prize winner Ascanio Sobrero, who discovered nitroglycerine, was born. 1860: Elmer Sperry, inventor of the gyrocompass, was born. 1920: Construction of the Holland Tunnel began. 1926: Maytag made what was at the time the largest single shipment of merchandise in the country. 1928: The iron lung was first introduced in Boston to treat Polio patients. 1964: The Soviet Union launched its Voskhod-1, the first spaceship to carry a multiple crew, into orbit around the Earth. 1992: Arecibo radio telescope began searching for occupied planets. 1997: Singer John Denver was killed in the crash of his privately built Long-EZ aircraft in Monterey Bay, CA. 2000: Al Qaeda terrorists killed 17 sailors on the USS Cole as it refueled in Yemen. 2005: The Large Binocular Telescope Observatory achieved "first light."

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