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Day in Engineering History Archive - October 17

Day in Engineering History October 17 Archive - RF CafeOctober 17

Radio Corporation of America Established - RF Cafe1887: German physicist Gustav Kirchhoff, who formulated Kirchhoff's Laws of current and voltage in closed circuits, died. 1919: The Radio Corporation of America (RCA) was founded. 1933: Albert Einstein arrived in the United States as a refugee from Nazi Germany. 1956: Britain's first nuclear power station opened in Calder Hall. 1956: American Mae Jemison, the first Black woman in space, was born. 1961: Police killed 210 Algerians in France during the "Battle of Paris." 1963: French mathematician Jacques-Salomon Hadamard, who proved the prime number theorem, died. 1973: 5-month oil embargo by Arab states against U.S. and Netherlands began. 1989: A powerful earthquake hit San Francisco, damaging the Bay Bridge. 1915: Nicholas Constantine Metropolis, designer of the MANIAC computer used to develop the atom bomb, died. 2006: The Census Clock at the Department of Commerce turned over 300,000,000. 2012: NiMH Battery Inventor Stanford Ovshinsky Died.

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