We all know that February 14 is the day to celebrate love. Although, it is not the only event of the day. In the entire history of mankind, February 14 has witnessed numerous events around the world. Most of these events would culminate in a better future. Hence, several significant incidents happened on this day.
1794- The first US textile machinery patent granted to James Davenport in Philadelphia
February 14 is an important day of development in the US history of textiles. James Davenport received a patent for his first textile machinery. He established his spinning and weaving machine at the Globe mills in Philadelphia. The machinery required water power to operate. Besides, young males provided the labor to run the machinery. Hence, even though this was James Davenport’s first mechanical invention. It was a successful one that made production easier.
1912- Commission of the first US submarine with diesel engine
February 14 witnessed another technological advancement. This time it happened in the field of the navy. Thus, it occupies an important landmark in the history of the US navy. The first submarine with a diesel engine got the commission in Groton, Connecticut. It was known as the USS F-1 (SS-20). In the proceeding 42 years comprising of the two World Wars, submarines played an advantageous role. Yet, it had certain limitations that gave way to the invention of the next submarine. In 1954, the navy commissioned the first nuclear powered undersea craft. This was known as Nautilus (SSN-571).
1963- The US launched a communications satellite, Syncom 1
There is no end to the number of developments that happened on this day. All of them happened in different areas. Hence, Syncom 1 was the attempt to establish the first geosynchronous communications satellite. It was put in motion along with Delta B #6 launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral. However, it had lost the way because of electronic failure. Later in 1963, Suycom 2 was launched. This was successful. It became the world’s first geosynchronous communications satellite.
1978- Texas Instruments patented the first “Micro on a Chip”
On February 14, 1978, Texas Instruments patented the first-ever “Micro on a Chip”. This was useful for various inventions later on. Such as burglar alarms, electric toys, and several others. Gary Boone and Michael Cochran had designed the chip in 1971. From 1974 to 1978, the group led to the patent. The single-chip process also helped to contribute to Artificial Intelligence (AI) advancements. This was major progress in the field of scientific invention.
1980- To study solar flares, the US launched Solar Maximum Mission observatory
Delta Rocket launched the Solar Maximum Mission (SMM) observatory from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The SMM’s payload consisted of eight instruments. Solar flares produced radiations and SMM provided their coverage. The main objective behind the launch of SMM was to study solar flares. Also, to examine the solar magnetic fields associated with the flare phenomena. However, the mission ended on December 2nd,1989. This happened because the spacecraft had re-entered the atmosphere but it burnt over the Indian Ocean.
2014- Lizzy Yarnold from Britain won her first two consecutive Olympic women’s skeleton gold medal in Sochi, also won events in Pyeongchang (2018)
Elizabeth Anne Yarnold was a British skeleton racer. Yarnold joined the Great Britain National Squad in 2010. She won two consecutive gold medals in 2014 and 2018. Often regarded as the most successful. In addition to this, Yarnold went on to become the tenth British athlete who had ever won a gold medal in ninety years of Winter Olympics Competition. As a result of her remarkable success, she was also appointed as the Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2014.
2019- JP Morgan became the first bank to create one’s crypto-currency, the JPM coin
An important event happened on February 14, 2019. The US investment bank JP Morgan created its cryptocurrency. This took place to settle payments between the clients in the wholesale payments business. Thus, the JPM coin is the first digital currency that has the backing of a major US bank. One of the purposes behind this was to ensure instant transfer. Successful transfer of money between the bank and the client’s account takes place through cryptocurrency.