Day in Engineering History Archive - September 1
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.
1486: The first known copyright was issued in Venice. 1859: A solar flare (Carrington's Flare)was observed for the first time by astronomer Richard Carrington. 1865: Joseph Lister (think Listerine) performed the first antiseptic surgery. In 1878, Emma Nutt became the first female telephone operator in the U.S. 1939: World War II began when Germany invaded Poland. 1953: The first aerial refueling of a jet aircraft by a jet tanker is made with a B-47 Stratojet by a KB-47B tanker. 1961: The Soviet Union ended a moratorium on atomic bomb testing. 1979: Pioneer 11 became the first spacecraft to visit Saturn. 1997: The discovery of a new sub-atomic particle was announced, called the exotic meson. 1998: Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals hit his 56th and 57th home runs, breaking the one-season record set by Hack Wilson in 1930.