This Week in Automotive History: Mar 3-Mar 9

March 3, 1951

 

“Rocket 88” recorded: The song “Rocket 88” is recorded at Sam Phillips' recording studio in Memphis, Tenn., with Jackie Brenston singing lead.  Oldsmobile's powerful new model was the centerpiece of this first rock ’n’ roll song.

March 4, 1882

 

First Electric Trams: Britain's first electric trams begin operation in East London.

March 5, 1929

 

David Buick dies: The founder of the Buick Motor Company, David Buick, dies at the age of 74.

March 6, 1896

 

Charles Brady King is the first person to operate motor car in Detroit: While driving it on Woodward Ave, in the first "dream Cruise," he was told to "get a horse."

March 7, 1907

 

First Isle of Mann TT winner crowned: Charles Collier wins the first Isle of Man TT Race with a top speed of 38.22 mph.

March 8, 1946

 

First helicopter license: A helicopter is licensed for commercial use for the first time in New York City.

March 9, 1961

 

First animal to return from space: A dog named Blackie becomes the first animal to return from space, aboard Sputnik 9.