17 March 2013

This Week in Automotive History: Mar 17-Mar 23

March 17, 1834

 

Gottlieb Daimler born: Engineer, industrial designer and industrialist Gottlieb Daimler is born in Germany. Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach founded the Daimler Motors Corporation in 1890.

March 18, 1923

 

Anthony Granatelli born: Anthony "Andy" Granatelli, CEO of STP motor oil company and a major figure in automobile racing events, is born in Dallas, Texas.

March 19, 1964

 

Shooting begins on "Goldfinger": Sean Connery begins shooting the James Bond thriller, "Goldfinger," which famously features a 1963 Aston Martin DB5.

March 20, 1930

 

Clessie Cummins sets speed record: Cummins Engine Co., Inc. founder Clessie Cummins sets a new diesel engine speed record of 80.3 mph.

March 21, 1960

 

Ayrton Senna is born: Three-time Formula One world champion Aryton Senna da Silva is born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Senna was killed in an accident while leading the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, the last driver fatality in Formula One.

March 22, 1946

 

Up, up and away: A U.S. rocket leaves Earth's atmosphere for the first time, going 50 miles up.

March 23, 1903

 

Wright brothers attempt to patent their invention: The Wright brothers apply for a patent for a "Flying Machine."

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