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1957 – The ‘Edsel’.

4 September

After a year long publicity drive the Ford Motor Company introduces the Edsel.

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1894 – The Paris-Rouen motor race

22 July

Paris–Rouen, Le Petit Journal Horseless Carriages Contest, was a pioneering city-to-city motoring competition held on this day in 1894 which is sometimes described as the world’s first competitive motor race. Continue reading “1894 – The Paris-Rouen motor race”

1927 – The Lockheed Vega

4 July

On this day in 1927 the Lockheed Vega had its first flight.

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1942 – The first flight of the Hellcat

26 June

The Grumman F6F Hellcat was an American carrier-based fighter aircraft designed to replace the earlier F4F Wildcat in United States Navy (USN) service.

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1936 – Vickers Wellington bomber

15 June

The Vickers Wellington twin-engined, medium bomber made its first flight from Brooklands on this day in 1936.

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1918 – General Motors acquires Chevrolet

2 May

General Motors acquires the Chevrolet Motor Company of Delaware as part of a reverse merger on this day in 1918. Continue reading “1918 – General Motors acquires Chevrolet”

1865 – The ‘Sultana’ disaster

27 April

Sultana was a Mississippi River side-wheel steamboat that exploded on this day in 1865. Continue reading “1865 – The ‘Sultana’ disaster”

1986 – The Chernobyl nuclear disaster

26 April

The Chernobyl disaster was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on this day in 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the city of Pripyat, then located in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic of the Soviet Union. Continue reading “1986 – The Chernobyl nuclear disaster”

1977 – Optical fibre

21 April

For the first time, optical fibre is used to carry live telephone traffic. Continue reading “1977 – Optical fibre”

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