Day in Engineering History Archive - October 17
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.
1887: German physicist Gustav Kirchhoff, who formulated Kirchhoff's Laws of current and voltage in closed circuits, died. 1919: The Radio Corporation of America (RCA) was created. 1933: Albert Einstein arrived in the United States as a refugee from Nazi Germany. 1956: Britain's first nuclear power station opened in Calder Hall. 1956: American Mae Jemison, the first Black woman in space, was born. 1961: Police killed 210 Algerians in France during the "Battle of Paris." 1963: French mathematician Jacques-Salomon Hadamard, who proved the prime number theorem, died. 1973: 5-month oil embargo by Arab states against U.S. and Netherlands began. 1989: A powerful earthquake hit San Francisco, damaging the Bay Bridge.1915: Nicholas Constantine Metropolis, designer of the MANIAC computer used to develop the atom bomb, died. 2006: The Census Clock at the Department of Commerce turned over 300,000,000. 2012: NiMH Battery Inventor Stanford Ovshinsky Died.