Day in Engineering History Archive - September 2

Happy Birthday Hiram Percy Maxim! - Please click here to visit RF Cafe.September 2

1752: This was the last day of the Julian Calendar in Great Britain and the British colonies - the Gregorian Calendar designed to correct the extra leap year day problem went into effect the next day with tomorrow being September 14, hence 11 days were dropped. 1869: Hiram Percy Maxim, co-founder of the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL), was born. 1910: Blanche Scott, the first woman pilot in the U.S., made a solo flight at Lake Keuka. 1944: President George H.W. Bush was shot down at Chichi Jima island, in his Avenger aircraft. 1945: Japanese officials signed the act of unconditional surrender (VJ Day). 1948: Christa McAuliffe, the first female Shuttle astronaut who died in the Challenger accident, was born. 1969: NBC-TV canceled "Star Trek" - the show had debuted on September 8, 1966. 1973: English writer J. R. R. Tolkien, author of "The Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings," died. 1987: Philips introduced the CD-video. 1985: 73 years after sinking off the Newfoundland coast, the wreckage of the Titanic was located. 1998: Pilots for Canada's largest airline launched their first strike in Air Canada's history. 2001: Dr. Christiaan Barnard, who performed the first human heart transplant, died.

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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. Many 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. Images used in the logos are often from open source websites like Wikipedia, and are specifically credited with a hyperlink back to the source where possible. Fair Use laws permit small samples of copyrighted content.