Day in Engineering History Archive - October 26


Maiden flight of the P-51 Mustang - RF CafeDay in Engineering History October 26 Archive - RF Cafe1774: The First Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia. 1854: C.W. Post, founder of Post Cereal Company, was born. 1861: The Pony Express made its last run on the day the first continental telegraph news dispatch was sent. 1936: The first generator at Boulder Dam (renamed Hoover Dam) began transmitting electricity to Los Angeles. 1940: The venerable P-51 Mustang made its maiden flight. 1951: Winston Churchill was elected to a second term as Prime Minister. 1954: Chevrolet unveiled its V-8 engine, at 265 cid. 1956: The International Atomic Energy Agency was established. 1966: Intelsat 2, the first Pacific communications satellite, was launched. 1972: Helicopter pioneer Igor Sikorsky died. 1977: The experimental space shuttle "Enterprise" glided to a bumpy but successful landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California. 1984: "Baby Fae" received a heart transplant from a baboon.

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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.