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Day in Engineering History Archive - October 9

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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.
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.

 

October 9

1604: Johannes Kepler and other observers saw the appearance of a "new" star in the constellation of Ophiuchus, which became Supernova 1604. 1801: Auguste-Arthur de La Rive, who pioneered the electrochemical theory of batteries, was born. 1876: The first two-way telephone conversation occurred over outdoor wires between Alexander Graham Bell and Watson over the telegraph line linking Boston and East Cambridge. 1879: Nobel Prize winner Max Von Laue, who discovered the diffraction of x-rays in crystals, was born. 1906: Joseph Glidden, inventor of barbed wire, died. 1930: Aviator Laura Ingalls landed in Glendale, CA, to complete the first solo transcontinental flight across the U.S. by a woman. 1943: Pieter Zeeman who won Noble Prize in Physics for splitting of spectral lines (the Zeeman effect), died. 1988: Felix Wankel, inventor of the pistonless internal combustion engine, died. 1992: The Great Meteor, seen from Kentucky to New York, was observed at 7:50 pm EDT, and hit a Chevrolet Malibou car belonging to Mrs. Michelle Knapp of Wells Street in Peekskill, NY.

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