Day in Engineering History Archive - September 16
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.
1620: The Mayflower departed from Plymouth, England and arrived at Provincetown, MA, on November 2nd and then at Plymouth, MA, on December 26th, with 102 passengers onboard. 1736: Gabriel Fahrenheit, inventor of the temperature scale bearing his name, died. 1877: Jacob Schick, inventor of the electric razor, was born. 1908: General Motors was incorporateded by William Crapo "Billy" Durant. 1914: The Canadian Aviation Corps was formed. 1919: The American Legion was created. 1919: Marvin Middlemark, inventor of the television "rabbit ears" antenna, was born. 1940: U.S. President Roosevelt signed into law the Selective Training and Service Act, which set up the first peacetime military draft in U.S. history. 1963: "Outer Limits" premiered on ABC. 1996: The Telecommunications Act of 1996 was passed to allow competition for local phone service.