This Week in Automotive History: Mar 3-Mar 9

March 3, 1951


“Rocket 88” recorded: The song “Rocket 88” is recorded at Sam Phillips’ recording studio in Memphis, Tenn., with Jackie Brenston singing lead.  Oldsmobile’s powerful new model was the centerpiece of this first rock ’n’ roll song.

March 4, 1882


First Electric Trams: Britain’s first electric trams begin operation in East London.

March 5, 1929


David Buick dies: The founder of the Buick Motor Company, David Buick, dies at the age of 74.

March 6, 1896


Charles Brady King is the first person to operate motor car in Detroit: While driving it on Woodward Ave, in the first “dream Cruise,” he was told to “get a horse.”

March 7, 1907


First Isle of Mann TT winner crowned: Charles Collier wins the first Isle of Man TT Race with a top speed of 38.22 mph.

March 8, 1946


First helicopter license: A helicopter is licensed for commercial use for the first time in New York City.

March 9, 1961


First animal to return from space: A dog named Blackie becomes the first animal to return from space, aboard Sputnik 9.

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