FYI December 16, 2018

On This Day

1901 – Beatrix Potter privately publishes The Tale of Peter Rabbit. It goes on to sell over 45 million copies worldwide.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit is a British children’s book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter that follows mischievous and disobedient young Peter Rabbit as he is chased about the garden of Mr. McGregor. He escapes and returns home to his mother, who puts him to bed after dosing him with tea. The tale was written for five-year-old Noel Moore, son of Potter’s former governess Annie Carter Moore, in 1893. It was revised and privately printed by Potter in 1901 after several publishers’ rejections, but was printed in a trade edition by Frederick Warne & Co. in 1902. The book was a success, and multiple reprints were issued in the years immediately following its debut. It has been translated into 36 languages,[1] and with 45 million copies sold it is one of the best-selling books of all time.[2]

Since its release the book has generated considerable merchandise for both children and adults, including toys, dishes, foods, clothing, and videos. Potter was one of the first to be responsible for such merchandise when she patented a Peter Rabbit doll in 1903 and followed it almost immediately with a Peter Rabbit board game.


Born On This Day

1869 – Bertha Lamme Feicht, American electrical engineer (d. 1943)
Bertha Lamme Feicht (December 16, 1869 – November 20, 1943) was an American engineer. In 1893, she became the first woman to receive a degree in engineering from the Ohio State University.[1] She is considered to be the first American woman to graduate in a main discipline of engineering other than civil engineering.[2]

She was born Bertha Lamme on her family’s farm in Bethel Township near Springfield, Ohio on December 16, 1869.[3] After graduating from Olive Branch High School in 1889,[3] she followed in her brother, Benjamin G. Lamme’s footsteps and enrolled at Ohio State that fall.[2]
Bertha Lamme Feicht’s diploma from Ohio State

She graduated in 1893 with a degree in mechanical engineering with a specialty in electricity.[1][2][3] Her thesis was titled “An Analysis of Tests of a Westinghouse Railway Generator.”[2] The student newspaper reported that there was an outbreak of spontaneous applause when she received her degree.[3] She was then hired by Westinghouse[2] as its first female engineer.[4] She worked there until she married Russell S. Feicht, her supervisor and fellow Ohio State alumnus, on 14 December 1905.[2][3]

She had one child, Florence, born in 1910, who became a physicist for the U.S. Bureau of Mines.[2]

Bertha Lamme Feicht died in Pittsburgh on 20 November 1943[2] and was buried in Homewood Cemetery.

Her husband Russell died in April 1949.[4]

Some of her personal effects, including her slide rule, T-square, and diploma, are housed in the collections of the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh.[2][3] The Westinghouse Educational Foundation, in conjunction with the Society of Women Engineers, created a scholarship named for her in 1973.[5]


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UTAH, (NBC) – Utah will impose the country’s strictest limit for alcohol consumption later this month — just in time for New Year’s Eve.

The law, which was passed in March 2017 by Gov. Gary Herbert, will define driving under the influence as having a “blood or breath alcohol concentration of .05 grams or greater,” which is lower than the nationwide standard of .08.

It also states that a person with a blood-alcohol concentration level of .05 or higher who “operates a motor vehicle in a negligent manner causing the death of another” will have committed an automobile homicide, a felony.

The law will take effect Dec. 30.

The National Transportation Safety Board has been recommending for years that states lower make this change, saying in a 2013 report that “more than 100 countries have already established per se BAC limits at or below 0.05.” Utah is the first state to follow this advice.

An average-sized man reaches a .05 blood-alcohol level by having more than two standard drinks in the first hour and over one drink each hour thereafter, according to a police agency in Australia, which has a .05 blood-alcohol limit.


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