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Day in Engineering History Archive - September 27

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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 27

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1825: George Stephenson operated the first locomotive that hauled a passenger car. 1831: The first meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science was held in York. 1894: Lothar von Richthofen, WWI flying ace and brother of the Red Baron, was born. 1892: Book matches were patented by Joshua Pusey. 1918: Sir Martin Ryle, who developed the first synthetic aperture radio telescope systems, was born. 1938: The Queen Elizabeth was launched at the John Brown & Company shipyard at Clydebank, Scotland. 1993: General James "Jimmy" Doolittle, famous for, amongst other things, his raid on Tokyo in 1942, died. 1997: The space shuttle "Atlantis" docked with the problem-plagued Russian "Mir" station to drop off American David Wolf and pick up Michael Foale. 2003: The first European mission to the Moon was launched aboard an Ariane-5 rocket.

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