Monday, April 14, 2008

Today in History: April 14

  • 1629 Dutch mathematician Christiaan Huygens born; founded wave theory of light; discovered the first moon of Saturn, later named Titan; patented the first pendulum clock (1656)
  • 1898 Harold Black born; invented negative feedback (1927), revolutionizing electronics.
  • 1912 The British Titanic passenger ship hits an iceberg and sinks in the North Atlantic.
  • 1932 Physicists John Cockcroft (English) and Ernest Walton (Irish) first to split an atom; they used the first nuclear particle accelerator; 1951 Nobel.
  • 1935 Black Sunday; 20 simultaneous dust storms in the Great Plains Dust Bowl turn day into night.
  • 1956 Ampex Corp makes 1st commercial video recorder
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