This Week in Automotive History: Feb. 11-Feb. 17

Feb. 11, 1899


First motor vehicle victim: George Morgan becomes the first English motorist to die in a car crash.

Feb. 12, 1962


Bus boycott begins: A bus boycott begins in Macon, Ga., as a campaign to end segregation on the Macon city buses and to increase the employment of African Americans as bus drivers and mechanics. The boycott lasted three weeks.

Feb. 13, 1992


Baseball star rams BMW: Jose Conseco is charged with aggravated assault after repeatedly ramming his Porsche into wife Esther’s BMW. He pleaded not guilty and later underwent counseling.

Feb. 14, 1889


First trainload of fruit: A train loaded with oranges grown in southern California heads East from Los Angeles via the transcontinental railroad.

Feb. 15, 1985


First cargo of frozen meat: The SS Dunedin departs New Zealand, bound for Britain, bearing the first cargo of frozen meat.

Feb. 16, 1960


U.S. launches submarine trip: The nuclear-powered submarine “Triton” sets of on an underwater round-the-world journey.

Feb. 17, 1972


Beetle become best-selling car: The Volkswagen Beetle surpasses Ford’s Model T as the world’s best-selling car, as the 15,007,034th Beetle rolls off the assembly line.

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