4 February 2013

This Week in Automotive History: Feb. 4-Feb. 10

Feb. 4, 1922

 

Ford buys Lincoln: The Ford Motor Company purchases a bankrupt Lincoln Motor Company for $8M, which pays off some of Lincoln's creditors.

Feb. 5, 1931

 

First female glider pilot: Maxine Dunlap becomes the First U.S. woman to earn a glider pilot license.

Feb. 6, 1960

 

Singer killed in crash: Jesse Belvin dies at age 27 after a performance in Little Rock, Ark., with Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson and Marv Johnson.

Feb. 7, 1938

 

Harvey Samuel Firestone dies: The founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, Harvey Samuel Firestone, dies in Miami Beach, Fla., at age 69.

Feb. 8, 1985

 

Founder of Jaguar dies: Sir William Lyons, also known as "Mr. Jaguar," the foudner of Jaguar, dies in Warwickshire, UK.

Feb. 9, 1846

 

Wilhelm Maybach is born: Luxury car brand founder Wilhelm Maybach is born in Heilbronn, Germany. Along with Gottlieb Daimler, Maybach would go on to develop a new four-stroke internal combustion engine.

Feb. 10, 1999

 

Pilots ordered back to work: A federal judge orders American Airlines pilots to return to work after a sickout grounds 2,500 flights and strands nearly 200,000 travelers.

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