Return Today in the History of  Science, Math, Invention & Technology Return

FEBRUARY 17

1781 René Laennec (French Physician Who Invented the Stethoscope) René Laennec Medicine Inventors and Inventions
1874 Thomas J. Watson (New York-born Business Leader Responsible for Building IBM) Thomas J. Watson Computer Technology IBM
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
Icon
Icon
1804 The First Steam Locomotive, the Penydarren, Is Given a Test Run Great Britain Steam Engines Railroad Historic Firsts Technology and Society
1817 Baltimore Is First U.S. City Lit by Gas Baltimore, Maryland U.S. History Historic Firsts New York Times
1827 Chester Stone Receives the First U.S. Patent for a Washing Machine Inventors and Inventions Patents and Trademarks History of Technology Historic Firsts USPTO
1911 The First Self-Starter Is Installed in a Cadillac Charles Kettering Cadillac History Channel
1915 German Zeppelin L-4 Crash-Lands in the North Sea Near the Danish Coastal Town of Varde World War I Blimps History Channel
1944 U.S. Troops Land on Eniwetok Atoll The Marshall Islands The Atomic Bomb World War II History Channel
1959 U.S. Launches Vanguard 2 Rocket with Earth-Orbiting Satellite to Measure Cloud Distribution Space Exploration Earth & Environmental Science Clouds NASA
1965 NASA Launches the Ranger 8 Spacecraft to Photograph the Lunar Surface Up to Impact Space Exploration Lunar Exploration Photography NASA
1985 In Louisville, Kentucky, Dr. William DeVries, Implants the Third Jarvik-7 Artificial Heart Louisville, Kentucky Medical Research Artificial Hearts Intellihealth
1996 8.2 Magnitude Earthquake and Tsunami Kill 108 in Indonesia's Irian Jaya Region Indonesia Earthquakes Tsunami Death USGS
NASA's Launches Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) Spacecraft to Orbit the Asteroid Eros NASA Space Exploration Asteroids Official Webiste

Have an item you would like for us to add? Let us know!

Click Here! E-mail