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Day in Engineering History Archive - October 16

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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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Today is Boss's Day (2007). 1758: Noah Webster, creator of America's first dictionary, was born. 1846: American dentist, Dr. William Morton made the first public demonstration of the administration of ether anesthetic. 1908: The first aeroplane flight in England was made by Samuel Cody. 1928: A patent was issued for the first commercially viable electric light bulb frosted on the inside. 1962: The Cuban Missile Crisis began as President Kennedy was informed that reconnaissance photographs had revealed the presence of Soviet-deployed missile bases in Cuba. 1964: China detonated its first atomic bomb. 1987: Hurricane winds battered southern England. 2001: Enron reported a 3rd quarter loss of $618 million. 2002: North Korea told the United States it had a secret nuclear weapons program in violation of a 1994 agreement signed with the Clinton administration. 2003: Anadigics acquired Celeritek's power amp group. 2004: An unmanned Chinese space capsule crash-landed into a house.

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