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1904 Chronology

1904 February 1 - .
  • Birth of Hans Lindenberg - . Nation: Germany, USA. Related Persons: Lindenberg. German-American rocket technician from Dresden. Died at Fort Bliss, Texas..

1904 February 9 - .
  • Birth of Karel Jan 'Charlie' Bossart - . Nation: Belgium, USA. Related Persons: Bossart. Belgian-American Chief Designer of the Atlas rocket. Conceived many innovative features - balloon propellant tanks, common fuel/oxidizer bulkheads, jettisonable booster engines, separable nose cone, and gimballed engines..

1904 February 25 - .
  • Birth of Aleksei Ivanovich Shakhurin - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Shakhurin. Russian government official. People's Commissar for Aviation Industries 1940-1946..

1904 March 2 - .
  • Birth of Richard V Rhode - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Rhode. American engineer, at NASA 1925-1967, involved with air and launch vehicle research and advanced design criteria..

1904 June - .
  • "..the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow..." - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Goddard. Goddard delivers this line in his high school graduation speech, 'On Things Taken for Granted'..

1904 June 19 - .
  • Birth of Jack Pendleton Monroe - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Monroe. American career naval officer who became a rear admiral in 1956. He served as commander of the Pacific Missile Range from 1957-1961 before becoming the Director of Astronautics for the Chief of Naval Operations from 1961-1963..

1904 June 25 - .
  • Birth of Theo Vowe - . Nation: Germany, USA. Related Persons: Vowe. German-American engineer in WW2, member of the German rocket team, went to America after the first group. Died at Huntsville, Alabama..

1904 July 13 - .
  • Birth of Gerd Wilhelm De Beek - . Nation: Germany, USA. Related Persons: De Beek. German engineer in WW2, member of the Rocket Team in the United States thereafter..

1904 August 21 - .
  • Birth of Sergei Semenovich Biryuzov - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Biryuzov. Russian officer. Commander-in-Chief of RVSN 1962-1963..

1904 August 30 - .
  • Birth of Charles E 'Chip' Bohlen - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bohlen. American diplomat. Career foreign service officer..

1904 September - .
  • Goddard levitated train concept - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Goddard.

    Goddard enters Worcester Polytechnic, where he will earn his bachelor degree. While there, he writes an essay, 'Travelling in 1950', which envisions use of magnetically-levitated high-speed trains travelling in evacuated vacuum tubes. The concept will be patented by his estate in 1950. His notebooks are filled with space travel - use of aerobraking for planetary capture, methods of protection from meteoroids, use of suspended animation for interstellar flight.


1904 October 7 - .
  • Birth of Sergei Ignatyevich Rudenko - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Rudenko. Russian officer. First Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Air Force 1958-1968. Oversaw cosmonaut training..

1904 October 26 - .
  • Birth of W Leland 'Lee' Atwood - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Atwood. Chief Engineer at North American Aviation, 1948-1971. Supervised development of Navaho, X-15, XB-70, Apollo, and Space Shuttle. Fought indifference of the CEO to spaceflight, made the company preeminent in rocket engines, manned spaecraft..

1904 October 30 - .
  • Birth of Neil H McElroy - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: McElroy. American manager, secretary of defense 1957-1959..

1904 November 17 - .
  • Birth of Aleksandr Fedorovich Tveretskiy - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Tveretskiy. Russian officer. First Commander of Special Purpose Brigade (precursor to the Strategic Missile Forces), 1946-49..

1904 December 3 - .
  • Charles Perrine's Discovery of Himalia (Jupiter Moon) - . Nation: Argentina.

1904 December 8 - .
  • Birth of Alfred H Henning - . Nation: Germany, USA. Related Persons: Henning. German-American expert in guided missiles during World War II. Went to the USA with von Braun, by 1960, Deputy Director, Weapons System Coordination Office, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center..

1904 December 20 - .
  • Mt. Wilson Observatory founded. - . Nation: USA.


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