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FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center
Society: AIAA Main Category: Aerospace & Aviation Sub Category: Air and Space Transportation Era: 1950s DateCreated: 1958 Atlantic City International Airport Egg Harbor Township State: Zip: Country: USA Website: Creator:

This Federal Laboratory has played a pivotal role in creating our modern air traffic control system. Established as the National Aviation Facilities Experimental Center in 1958, the Technical Center’s research and engineering achievements, and its direct support to airports and FAA air traffic control facilities have led to the highest level of safety in air transportation.

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First Semiconductor Integrated Circuit (IC)
Society: IEEE Main Category: Electric Sub Category: Era: 1950-1959 DateCreated: 1958 Texas Instruments, North Campus Dallas State: TX Zip: 75243 Country: USA Website:,_1958 Creator: Kilby, Jack S.

On 12 September 1958, Jack S. Kilby demonstrated the first working integrated circuit to managers at Texas Instruments. This was the first time electronic components were integrated onto a single substrate. This seminal device consisted of a phase shift oscillator circuit on a tiny bar of germanium measuring 7/16” by 1/16” (11.1 mm by 1.6 mm). Today, integrated circuits are the fundamental building blocks of virtually all electronic equipment.

Image Credit: Courtesy Wikipedia/Texas Instruments Image Caption: Jack Kilby's original integrated circuit. Era_date_from: 1958
RL-10 Rocket Engine
Society: ASME Main Category: Aerospace & Aviation Sub Category: Aerospace Era: 1950-1959 DateCreated: 1958 Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Washington State: DC Zip: 20560 Country: USA Website:, Creator: Pratt & Whitney

The RL-10, which served as the power plant for NASA's upper-stage Centaur space launch vehicle, was the first rocket engine to use high-energy liquid hydrogen as a fuel. It has provided precisely controlled, reliable power for lunar and planetary explorations. The RL-10 embodied numerous advanced design features, including multiple use of its fuel with the "bootstrap cycle." The RL-10 is also capable of multiple restarts in space, which enables positioning of satellites or further escape of Earth's gravity.

Image Credit: Public Domain (NASA) Image Caption: The first rocket engine to use high-energy liquid hydrogen as fuel. Era_date_from: 1958
Shippingport Nuclear Power Station
Society: ASME Main Category: Electric, Mechanical Sub Category: Nuclear Era: 1950-1959 DateCreated: 1958 Duquesne Light Company
Shippingport State: PA Zip: 15050 Country: USA Website:, Creator: Duquesne Light Company

The first commercial central electric-generating station in the United States to use nuclear energy was the Shippingport Atomic Power Station of the Department of Energy and the Duquesne Light Company. In a dramatic high-tech display, ground was broken in 1954 during dedication ceremonies by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who also opened it on May 26, 1958, as part of his "Atoms for Peace" program. Shippingport is located on the Ohio River about 25 miles from Pittsburgh.

Image Credit: Public Domain (National Park Service) Image Caption: Shippingport Nuclear Power Station Era_date_from: 1958
Mackinac Bridge
Society: ASCE Main Category: Civil Sub Category: Bridges Era: 1950-1959 DateCreated: 1958 Mackinac Bridge St Ignace State: MI Zip: 49781 Country: USA Website: Creator: Steinman, David

The Mackinac (pronounced "Mack-in-awe") Bridge (1957) spans the Straits of Mackinac between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, connecting the Lower and Upper peninsulas of Michigan.   Prior to the construction of the bridge, a fleet of nine ferries would carry as many as 9,000 vehicles per day, with traffic backups stretching as long as 16 miles.

Image Credit: Courtesy Flickr/Miss a Liss (CC BY-ND 2.0) Image Caption: Mackinac Bridge Era_date_from: 1958
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