Day in Engineering History Archive - October 5
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.Please submit significant 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 special RF Cafe logos. Where available, I like to use images from postage stamps from the country where the person or event occurred.
1582: The Gregorian calendar was introduced in Italy and some other Catholic countries. 1882: Robert Goddard, "the father of modern rocketry," was born. 1930: 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. 1930: Pavel Popovich, who along with fellow cosmonaut Andriyan Nikolayev became the first pair of humans in space, was born. 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.