Day in Engineering History Archive - October 4
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Note: These historical tidbits have been collected from various sources, mostly on the Internet.
As detailed in
, 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.
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
RF Cafe logos
. Where available, I like to use images from postage stamps from the country where
the person or event occurred.
John Rennie, designer of the
London Bridge, died. 1895: The first
golf tournament took place in Newport, RI, with Horace Rawlins, 21 years old, as the winner. 1903:
John Atanasoff, who was belatedly credited as the builder of the first electronic digital computer (the
Atanasoff-Berry Computer, ABC),
was born. 1947:
Max Planck, who introduced quantum theory to the world, died. 1957: The Space Age began as the Soviet Union
launched Sputnik, the first man-made satellite, into
Oliver R. Smoot, as a pledge for the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at MIT, was used as a standard to measured
the length of the Harvard Bridge; he later served as chairman of ANSI. 1958: The first trans-Atlantic passenger
jetliner service was begun by British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) with
flights between Heathrow airport and Idlewild (now JFK). 1976: British Rail began its new 125 mph
High Speed Train (HST) service. 1983: The first
Hooters restaurant opened, in Clearwater, FL.
Edward Lowe, inventor of kitty litter, died.