This Week in Automotive History: April 14-April 20

April 14, 1912

Titanic sinks: The RMS Titanic, nicknamed “The Unsinkable Ship,” goes down during her maiden voyage after striking an iceberg. Of the 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, only an estimated 705 survived.

April 15, 1901

First motorized burial: The first motorized burial takes place in Great Britain.

April 16, 1946

Arthur Chevrolet dies: Swiss-born race car driver and automobile designer dies at age 62 in Slidell, La.

April 17, 1964

Mustang unveiled: Ford’s iconic Mustang is first introduced at the New York World’s Fair.

April 18, 1979

Anthony Davidson is born: British racer Anthony Davidson, who raced in Formula One for Minardi and Super Aguri, is born.

April 19, 1955

Volkswagen of America founded: After six years of selling cars in the United States, German automaker Volkswagen founds Volkswagen of America in Englewood Cliffs, N.J.

April 20, 1927

Philip Toll Hill is born: U.S. racer  Philip Toll Hill, the only American-born driver to win the Formula One Drivers’ Championship, is born.

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