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Day in Engineering History Archive - September 10

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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.

 

September 10

Happy Birthday Arthur Compton! - Please click here to visit RF Cafe.

1892: Arthur Compton, who won a Nobel Prize for his discovery of the Compton Effect, where x-ray wavelengths change when colliding with electron in metal, was born. 1898: Waldo Semon, the inventor of PVC plastic, was born. 1934: Maxie Anderson, who co-piloted the first transatlantic balloon flight on the Double Eagle II, was born. 1935: "Popeye" was heard on NBC radio for the first time. 1939: Canada declared war on Germany. 1953: Swanson began selling its first "TV dinner." 1979: President Jimmy Carter granted clemency to four Puerto Rican nationalists who had been imprisoned for an attack on the U.S. House of Representatives in 1954 and an attempted assassination of President Truman in 1950. 1984: Jerome Hunsaker, who in 1916 was awarded the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) first Ph.D. in aeronautical engineering, died. 1984: Alec Jeffreys discovered x-ray fingerprinting. 1993: "The X-Files" premiered on Fox Television. 1999: 11 FALN terrorists were set free from prison following clemency from President Clinton.

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