Day in Engineering History Archive - November 30
the "father of electrical studies," coiner of the names of electric attraction, electric
force, and magnetic poles, died. 1756: German physicist
known as "the father of acoustics," was born. 1782: The U.S. and Britain signed preliminary
peace articles in Paris, ending the
Sir Winston Churchill was born. 1835:
Samuel Clemens (aka
Mark Twain) was born, the same year as an appearance of Halley's Comet and, amazingly,
the comet's next appearance came during April 1910, the year of Clemens' death (throughout
his life, Clemens said that he would "go out with the comet"). 1850:
Germain Hess, early
thermochemistry researcher who developed Hess's law of constant heat summation, died.
1858: John Mason patented the screw neck bottle (Mason Jar). 1882:
Hans Geiger, inventor
of the Geiger counter alpha particle detector, was born. 1954: In Sylacauga, AL, Ann
Hodges, was bruised on the arm and hip by a meteorite (Hodges Meteorite) that
fell through the roof of her house into her living room. 1983: Radio Shack announced
Tandy Model 2000 computer
(80186 chip). 1999: British Aerospace and Marconi Electronic Systems merged to form
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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.
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small samples of copyrighted content.