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Day in Engineering History Archive - September 5

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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.

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1879: Frank Jewett, the first president of Bell Telephone Labs, was born. 1885: The first gasoline pump was delivered to a gasoline dealer in Ft Wayne, IN. 1906: Ludwig Boltzmann, after whom the Boltzmann constant (1.3806505 × 10-23 J/K) was named, died. 1914: Babe Ruth hit his first home run as a professional player in the International League. 1948: Richard Tolman, who demonstrated electrons to be charge-carrying particles in flow of electricity in metals, died. 1953: The first privately operated atomic reactor opened at the NC State School of Engineering in Raleigh, NC. 1972: Muslim guerrillas attacked the Israeli delegation at Munich Olympic games, killing 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team. 1977: The "Voyager 1" spacecraft was launched two weeks after launching its twin, "Voyager 2." 1984: The space shuttle Discovery landed after its maiden voyage. 1995: France conducted an underground nuclear test at the Mururoa Atoll. 1997: Mother Teresa died in Calcutta.


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