Day in Engineering History Archive - October 29

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The first mesage via ARPANET was supposed to be "LOGIN," but it crashed after just the "L" and the "O."  Please click here to visit RF Cafe.Day in Engineering History October 29 Archive - RF Cafe1814: Demologos (renamed Fulton I), the first American steam powered warship, designed by Robert Fulton, was launched in New York Harbor. 1929: "Black Tuesday" descended upon the NYSE, where prices collapsed amid panic selling and thousands of investors were wiped out, and America's "Great Depression" began. 1945: The first ballpoint pen went on sale in the U.S. 1959: General Mills became the first corporation to use closed-circuit television for a multi-location meeting. 1959: Edith Clarke, the first woman to earn a degree in electrical engineering at MIT, died. 1969: The first message, "login," was sent over the ARPANET, which was renamed to be called the Internet in 1982 (the one Algore invented). 1993: The Council of the European Communities signed a directive to harmonize the copyright protection term to the author's life + 70 years (was life + 50 in most countries).

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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.