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Noble Blade Cultivator
Society: ASABE Main Category: Agricultural & Biological Sub Category: Era: 1930-1939 DateCreated: 1937 Nobleford Centennial Park Nobleford State: Zip: AB T0L 1S0 Country: Canada Website: https://www.asabe.org/awards-landmarks/asabe-historic-landmarks/noble-blade-cultivator-46.aspx Creator: Noble, Charles S.

In the 1930's thousands of acres of land were rendered unproductive through wind erosion because of drought, tillage, and dust mulch farming practices. Charles S. Noble, of Nobleford, Alberta, invented a cultivator that sheared stubble and weeds below the ground surface, leaving residue on the soil to reduce evaporation and prevent erosion by strong Alberta winds. The Noble Blade Cultivator was patented in 1937. The Noble family subsequently developed a variety of straight and V-blade cultivators.

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2013
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silver dart airborn
Society: AIAA Main Category: Aerospace & Aviation Sub Category: Vehicles Era: 1900-1909 DateCreated: 1909 Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site Baddeck State: Zip: Country: Canada Website: https://www.aiaa.org/uploadedFiles/About-AIAA/Governance/GovernanceDocs/AnnualReports/AIAA_AnnualReport_2009-2010.pdf Creator: Bell, Alexander Graham

AIAA designated Baddeck, Nova Scotia as a historic site, providing a plaque to commemorate the centennial of the first powered flight in Canada. On February 23, 1909, piloting the “Silver Dart,” J.A. Douglas McCurdy took off from the frozen surface of Bras d’Or Lake at Baddeck Bay, and flew for close to one kilometer before landing safely on ice. The plane had been created by Mabel and Alexander Graham Bell’s Aerial Experiment Association, formed in 1907 to build and fly experimental aircraft.

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Image Credit: Image Caption: The AEA Silver Dart, researched and built by the Aerial Experiment Association (AEA) under Alexander Graham Bell's tutelage in 1908. Era_date_from:
First Television Broadcast in Western Canada
Society: IEEE Main Category: Electric Sub Category: Era: 1950-1959 DateCreated: 1953 CBC Broadcasting Site, Mount Seymour North Vancouver State: BC Zip: V7G 1L3 Country: Canada Website: http://www.ieeeghn.org/wiki/index.php/Milestones:First_Television_Broadcast_in_Western_Canada Creator: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

On 16 December 1953, the first television broadcast in Western Canada was transmitted from this site by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's CBUT Channel 2. The engineering experience gained here was instrumental in the subsequent establishment of the more than one thousand public and private television broadcasting sites that serve Western Canada today.

YearAdded:
2010
Image Credit: Image Caption: Era_date_from: 1953
First Radio Astronomical Observations Using Very Long Baseline Interferometry
Society: IEEE Main Category: Electric Sub Category: Era: 1960-1969 DateCreated: 1967 Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory Caleden State: BC Zip: V0H 1K0 Country: Canada Website: http://www.ieeeghn.org/wiki/index.php/Milestones:First_Radio_Astronomical_Observations_Using_Very_Long_Baseline_Interferometry Creator:

On the morning of 17 April 1967, radio astronomers used this radiotelescope at DRAO and a second one at the Algonquin Radio Observatory located 3074 km away to make the first successful radio astronomical observations using Very Long Baseline Interferometry. Today, VLBI networks span the globe, extend into space and continue to make significant contributions to both radio astronomy and geodesy.

YearAdded:
2010
Image Credit: Courtesy Flickr/bulliver (CC BY-SA 2.0) Image Caption: The Radiotelescope at DRAO Era_date_from: 1967
Bell
Society: IEEE Main Category: Electric Sub Category: Era: 1870-1879 DateCreated: 1876 Paris State: Ontario Zip: N3L 2M3 Country: Canada Website: http://www.ieeeghn.org/wiki/index.php/Milestones:First_Distant_Speech_Transmission_in_Canada,_1876 Creator: Bell, Alexander Graham

On 10 August 1876, Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated on this site that the human voice could be transmitted electrically over distance. While family members spoke into a transmitter in Brantford, 13 km away, Bell was able to hear them at a receiver located in Paris. This test convinced Bell that his invention could be used for communication between towns and could compete successfully with the telegraph.  

 

YearAdded:
2008
Image Credit: Courtesy Wikipedia Image Caption: Alexander Graham Bell Era_date_from: 1876
First 500 MeV Proton Beam from the TRIUMF Cyclotron
Society: IEEE Main Category: Electric Sub Category: Era: 1970-1979 DateCreated: 1974 TRIUMF Meson Facility Vancouver State: BC Zip: V6T 2A3 Country: Canada Website: http://www.ieeeghn.org/wiki/index.php/Milestones:First_500_MeV_Proton_Beam_from_the_TRIUMF_Cyclotron,_1974 Creator:

At 3:30 pm on 15 December 1974, the first 500 MeV proton beam was extracted from the TRIUMF cyclotron. Since then, TRIUMF has used proton beams from its cyclotron (and secondary beams of pions, muons, neutrons and radioactive ions produced in its experimental halls) to conduct pioneering studies that have advanced nuclear physics, particle physics, molecular and materials science, and nuclear medicine.

YearAdded:
2010
Image Credit: Courtesy IEEE Image Caption: Staff with the Lower Magnet Assembly of the TRIUMF. Era_date_from: 1974
First 735 kV AC Transmission System
Society: IEEE Main Category: Electric Sub Category: Era: 1960-1969 DateCreated: 1965 Hydro-Quebec Montréal State: Quebec Zip: Country: Canada Website: http://www.ieeeghn.org/wiki/index.php/Milestones:First_735_kV_AC_Transmission_System,_1965 Creator: Hydro-Quebec

Hydro-Quebec's 735,000 volt electric power transmission system was the first in the world to be designed, built and operated at an alternating-current voltage above 700 kV. This development extended the limits of long-distance transmission of electrical energy. On 29 November 1965 the first 735 kV line was inaugurated. Power was transmitted from the Manicouagan-Outardes hydro-electric generating complex to Montreal, a distance of 600 km.

YearAdded:
2005
Image Credit: Courtesy Wikicommons/abdallahh (cc-by-2.0) Image Caption: A pylon of the 735kV power transmission system. Era_date_from: 1965
Society: IEEE Main Category: Electric Sub Category: Era: DateCreated: 1972 Eel River Dalhousie Generating Station North Shannonvale State: Zip: Country: Canada Website: http://www.ieeeghn.org/wiki/index.php/Milestones:Eel_River_High_Voltage_Direct_Current_Converter_Station Creator: Canadian General Electric, NB Power

Operating since 1972, Eel River, New Brunswick is home to the world's first commercial solid state High Voltage Direct Current converter station. This 320 MW interconnection facility, built by Canadian General Electric and NB Power, incorporates high current silicon solid state thyristors to convert alternating current from Hydro Quebec to direct current and back to alternating, allowing asynchronous, stable power transfers to serve New Brunswick's Power's customers.

YearAdded:
2011
Image Credit: Image Caption: Era_date_from: 1972
White Pass & Yukon Railroad
Society: ASCE Main Category: Civil Sub Category: Roads & Rails Era: 1900-1909 DateCreated: 1900 Whitehorse State: Yukon Zip: Country: Canada Website: http://www.asce.org/project/white-pass-and-yukon-railroad/ Creator: Brackett, George

Combining British financing, American engineering, and Canadian contracting, the White Pass and Yukon was the first major civil engineering project on the continent above the 60th degree of northern latitude. Completed in 27 months using only hand tools, black powder, and regional timber, the White Pass and Yukon rises almost 2,900 feet from sea level at the port of Skagway to the White Pass summit on the U.S.-Canada border in just 20 miles, accomplishing one of the steepest climbs of any railroad in the world.

YearAdded:
1994
Image Credit: Courtesy Wikipedia/Klanda (CC BY-SA 3.0) Image Caption: White Pass & Yukon Railroad Era_date_from: 1900
St. Clair Tunnel
Society: ASCE Main Category: Civil Sub Category: Tunnels Era: 1890-1899 DateCreated: 1891 Beneath the St. Clair River Sarnia State: ON Zip: N7T 8G8 Country: Canada Website: http://www.asce.org/Project/St--Clair-Tunnel/ Creator: Hobson, Joseph , Beach, Alfred

A Day's Pay According to tunnel records, the following pay rates were established for the 600-700 laborers required for this project: 

YearAdded:
1991
Image Credit: Public Domain Image Caption: Postcard of the west end St. Clair River Tunnel in Port Huron, Michigan, United States. Era_date_from: 1891
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Bell

On 10 August 1876, Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated on this site that the human voice could be transmitted electrically over distance. While family members spoke into a transmitter in Brantford, 13 km away, Bell was able to hear them at a receiver located in Paris. This test convinced Bell…

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First Radio Astronomical Observations Using Very Long Baseline Interferometry

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First Television Broadcast in Western Canada

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Read More
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