This Week in Automotive History: Jan. 7-Jan. 13
Jan. 7, 1914
Steamboat charts a new course: The first steam-powered boat passes through the Panama Canal.
Jan. 8, 1909
Brooklyn to Manhattan subway service begins: Subway transit service between Brooklyn and Manhattan is started.
Jan. 9, 1793
First successful U.S. balloon flight: Jean-Pierre Blanchard makes the first successful balloon flight in the U.S. His hydrogen-filled balloon lifts off in Philadelphia and lands 15 miles away in Woodbury, N.J.
Jan. 10, 1901
Texas hits it big: Oil is discovered in Texas.
Jan. 11 1902
Read all about it: Popular Mechanics magazine hits newsstands for the first time.
Jan. 12, 1970
To the skies!: The Boeing 747 makes its maiden voyage.
Jan. 13, 1942
Henry Ford granted patent: Henry Ford patents a method of constructing plastic auto bodies.