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.