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2015: anniversaries / anniversaires


What anniversaries can we celebrate in 2015
Quels anniversaires pouvons-nous célébrer en 2015

Please help us to complete the list: send your additions to our secretariat
Aidez-nous à compléter la liste: envoyez-nous vos additions à notre secrétariat


  •  Death of Thomas Savery (c. 1650–1715), inventor of an early steam engine (1698), "A new invention for raising of water and occasioning motion to all sorts of mill work by the impellent force of fire, which will be of great use and advantage for drayning mines, serveing townes with water, and for the working of all sorts of mills where they have not the benefitt of water nor constant windes."


  • 250th anniversary of Watt's separate condenser
  • Die Bergakademie im sächsischen Freiberg wird durch Franz Xaver von Sachsen unter dem Namen Kurfürstlich-Sächsische Bergakademie zu Freiberg als Ausbildungsstätte für Bergleute gegründet.
  • birth of Evan Evans (Birmingham), English inventor and technician and pioneer of cotton machine-spinning in Saxony


  • Humphry Davy invents the miner's lamp
  • Patent of the rotary cross cutter for finishing woollen cloth by John Lewis of Brimscombe near Stroud, in Gloucestershire.
  • In Österreichs Hauptstadt Wien wird das "k. k. polytechnische Institut", die heutige Technische Universität, eröffnet


  • May 5th: first passsenger train on th European continent, between Brussels and Mechelen (Belgium)


  • invention du ciment moderne par Louis Vicat


  • Pasteurisation par Louis Pasteur
  • La Convention télégraphique internationale est signée entre 20 États européens à Paris (17 mai 1865), qui est la création de l'Union télégraphique internationale - maintenant l'Union internationale des télécommunications (UIT-ITU International Telecommunication Union), l'agence des Nations unies pour le développement spécialisé dans les technologies de l'information et de la communication


  • 04.03.1890: Opening of the Forth Bridge to railway traffic: then the longest spans in the world, also the first great steel bridge.
  • 09.10.1890: première tentative de l'Éole (Avion I) de Clément Ader, le 9 octobre 1890 dans le parc du château de Gretz-Armainvilliers


  • Eugene Sullivan and William Taylor co-invented Pyrex in New York City
  • invention du Sonar par Paul Langevin
  • death of Frederick Winslow Taylor (March 20, 1856 – March 21, 1915), father of scientific management, taylorism


  • Peter Goldmark invents modern color television system
  • Death of Arthur Vierendeel, inventor of the Vierendeel truss


  •  Opening of the Zeeland Brug over the Ooster-Schelde, at that moment the longest bridge in the world (5022 m)
  • The Dutch minister Den Uyl announces the closure of all the Dutch coalmines- minister Den Uyl kondigde aan de kolenwinning te stoppen. 
    In The Netherlands this will be remembered (Jaar van de Mijnen - Year of the Mines)
  • On december 22nd the Belgian government announces the closure of the Limburg coalmine of Zwartberg and five other mines in Wallonia


  • European Architectural Heritage Year
  • Flanders: the distillery of Hasselt, now National Museum of Distilling, protected by law as the first industrial monument of Flanders


  • establishment by volunteers of the 'Ecomuseum en Archief van de Boomse Baksteen' (Ecomuseum and Archive of the Boom Brickworks) to save and interprete the disappearing rich brick and tilemaking heritage in the Rupe valley near Antwerp.





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European Industrial and Technical Heritage Year
Année européenne du patrimoine industriel et technique
Jahr des Industriellen und Technischen Erbes
Anno del Patrimonio Industriale e Tecnico Europeo
Año Europeo del Patrimonio Industrial y Técnico

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