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Day in Engineering History Archive - October 5

October 5

Happy Birthday Robert Goddard! - Please click here to visit RF Cafe.

1582: The Gregorian calendar was introduced in Italy and some other Catholic countries. 1882: Robert Goddard, "the father of modern rocketry," was born. 1930: Pavel Popovich, who along with fellow cosmonaut Andriyan Nikolayev became the first pair of humans in space, was born. 1947: President Truman delivered the first televised White House address, where in he asked Americans to refrain from eating certain foods to stockpile supplies for sending to Europeans suffering from crop failures. 1966: A partial core meltdown at the Enrico Fermi nuclear breeder reactor killed three workers. 1970: The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) officially became a network. 1983: Earl Tupper, inventor of the plastic Tupperware, died. 1992: 1992: Both houses of Congress voted to override President Bush's veto of a measure to re-regulate cable television companies. 1996: Supercomputer pioneer Seymour Cray died.

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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.

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