"Murphy's Law states that if anything can go wrong, it will. According to the USAF Flight Test Center History Office, Murphy's Law was born at Edwards AFB in 1949. It was named after Capt. Edward A. Murphy, an engineer working on a project for determining how much sudden deceleration a person can withstand in a crash..."
--Robert B. Laughlin, A Different Universe (Reinventing Physics From the Bottom Down), p. 225, note 14.