Day in Engineering History Archive - September 30
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.
1846: Ether was used as an anesthetic for the first time. 1882: The world's first hydroelectric power plant in the U.S. was opened on the Fox River, in Appleton, WI. 1882: Hans Geiger, inventor of the Geiger counter alpha particle detector, was born. 1882: Charles Lawrance, designer of the famed J-5 Whirlwind radial engine, was born. 1917: Irving Berlin Kahn, inventor of the teleprompter, was born. 1935: The Boulder Dam (renamed to Hoover Dam), in Boulder City, NV, was dedicated 1947: The World Series was televised for the first time, and the sponsors only paid $65,000 for the entire series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees. 1949: The Berlin Airlift ended after 278,288 flights and delivery of 2,326,406 tons of supplies. 1954: The U.S. Navy commissioned the Nautilus submarine as the first atomic-powered vessel. 1968: The Boeing 747 was rolled out the factory. 1982: H. Ross Perot Jr. and Jay Colburn completed the first circumnavigation of the world in a helicopter, the Spirit of Texas. 1985: Seismologist Charles Richter, who devised the earthquake-measuring scale that bears his name, died.