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Day in Engineering History Archive February 26

February 26

1935 Radar Memorial in Weeden Beck - RF CafeSir Robert Watson-Watt Introduced RADAR - Please click here to visit RF Cafe.Day in Engineering History February 26 Archive - RF Cafe1829: Blue jeans inventor Levi Strauss was born. 1866: American industrialist Herbert Dow, founder of Dow Chemical Company, was born. 1852: American physician John Kellogg, who invented the corn flake and founded a company bearing his name, was born. 1896: Henri Becquerel unintentionally discovered radioactivity from uranium caused by the element having sat upon a photographic plate in his desk drawer. 1903: Richard Gatling, inventor of the Gatling machine gun, died. 1933: A ground-breaking ceremony was held at Crissy Field for the Golden Gate Bridge. 1935: Radar (RAdio Detection And Ranging) was first demonstrated by Sir Robert Watson-Watt of England. 1966: The first Saturn 1B rocket was launched from Cape Canaveral, FL, on an unmanned suborbital test flight. 1970: National Public Radio (NPR) was founded. 1991: Iraqi troops fled Kuwait City. 1993: Muslim terrorists exploded a bomb in the parking garage of the World Trade Center, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000 others.

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