Day in Engineering History Archive - October 22

October22

Princeton (College of NJ) Received Its Charter - RF Cafe1746: Princeton University, in New Jersey, received its charter - RF Cafe1746: Princeton University, in New Jersey, received its charter. 1797: French balloonist Andre-Jacques Garnerin made the first parachute descent, landing safely from a height of 3,200 feet. 1819: The first ship passed through Erie Canal going from Rome to Utica, NY. 1905: American physicist Karl Jansky, the "Father of Radio Astronomy" who discovered the cosmic background radiation, was born. 1934: Famous bank robber Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd assumed room temperature during a run-in with the FBI.  1938: Xerography (dry writing) was demonstrated by Chester Carlson, thereby demonstrating the process for which Xerox owns a trademark. 1962: President John Kennedy addressed the nation on TV about the Russian missile bases in Cuba, marking the beginning of the Bay of Pigs Cuban Missile Crisis. 1968: Apollo 7 splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean after orbiting the Earth 163 times. 1981: The U.S. national debt reached 1 trillion dollars (now $8.5T).

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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.