Technological Events of Today in History: September 17

17 September, 1928 – Puerto Rico Famine Problem

After the devastation of the latest hurricane on Puerto Rico leaving over 1000 dead famine is now a major problem with over 300,000 suffering from severe hunger due to the destruction of local crops by the hurricane and because of low defenses due to malnutrition disease is spreading quickly. Over half of the Islands population are now thought to be homeless and martial law is in place to stop looting, and allow the government to requisition food and to ration.

17 September,1918 – Patent for the gyrocompass
Elmer Sperry received a patent for the gyrocompass, essential to modern ship navigation.A gyrocompass is a type of non-magnetic compass which is based on a fast-spinning disc and the rotation of the Earth (or another planetary body if used elsewhere in the universe) to find geographical direction automatically (Wikipedia).
17 September, 1976 – First Space Shuttle the Enterprise

NASA publicly unveils its first space shuttle, the Enterprise.

17 September, 2006 – E.coli outbreak From Spinach

An E.coli outbreak occurs in the United States. The outbreak is blamed on spinach and all spinach is recalled from stores. A total three deaths were attributed to the outbreak.

 

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