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August 5th 1882
The Standard Oil Company of New Jersey was established on this day as part of the giant Standard Oil Trust. The trust had been organized earlier in the year, bringing together John D. Rockefeller's oil empire under one central management, run by Rockefeller and an "inner circle." The Standard Oil Trust became the first great monopoly in American history, eventually acquiring 90 percent of the world's oil refining capacity before it was ordered to dissolve in 1892. Rockefeller was infamous for his ruthless business tactics, and it was rumored that he often threatened to put local merchants out of business unless they bought Standard Oil.

August 5th 1914
The first traffic light was installed at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and East 105th Street in Cleveland, Ohio. Earlier roads, shared by horses, cars, and streetcars, were chaotic. As accidents and traffic increased it became apparent that some rules of the road were required. The traffic light was only one of several improvements to arrive in this period--the traffic island was introduced in 1907, dividing lines appeared in 1911, and the "No Left Turn" sign debuted in 1916


August 5, 1947
Ferdinand Porsche was released from a French prison on this day in 1947. Porsche had been arrested as a suspected Nazi collaborator by United States and French occupation authorities in the aftermath of World War II and held in custody for two years. He would live to see his 75th birthday

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August 6th 1928
Chung Se Yung, a cofounder of the Hyundai Motor Company, was born on this day in Kangwon Province, Korea. Hyundai, which was founded in 1967, is one of the largest auto manufacturers in the world, actively exporting to 160 countries. Its international network consists of 145 independent importers and distributors, as well as several subsidiaries, such as Hyundai Motor America.

August 6th 1932
Richard Hollingshead Jr. first registered his patent for the drive-in movie theater on this day. Tired of ordinary movie houses, Hollingshead wanted to create a theater where parents could bring the children in their pajamas, avoid baby-sitters, and relax in the comfort of their own car while watching a Friday night film. Hollingshead was awarded the patent in May of the following year, though it was declared invalid in 1950. After the patent was revoked, thousands of drive-ins appeared on the American landscape, reaching a high of 4,063 in 1958.

August 6th 1957
The Chevrolet Corporation registered the Corvair name for its new rear-engine compact car on this day in 1959. Corvairs became quite controversial--people either loved them or hated them. The car was accused of being "unsafe at any speed," with much criticism directed toward its handling, even though a 1972 government study later exonerated the Corvair. Today, the Corvair is considered rare and collectable and has been called one of the most significant cars in automotive history.

August 6th 1991
Peugeot SA announced its withdrawal from the United States market, due to lagging sales. The major French automotive manufacturer and holding company has been in existence since 1896 and is presently headquartered in Paris.

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August 7th 1915
Driving a Peugeot, race-car driver Dario Resta broke the 100mph speed barrier on this day in 1915. He broke the record while winning the 100-mile Chicago Cup Challenge Race at the Maywood Board Speedway in Chicago. With an average speed of 101.86mph, this was the first event in which such speeds had been attained for a race of this length in the U.S.

August 7th 1927
The last Dodge Convertible Cabriolet, produced as a sporty car, was discontinued on this day in 1927. The Cabriolet was in production for only four months after its debut.

August 7th 1974
French daredevil Philip Petit walked across a tightrope strung between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City on this day in 1974. The stunt caused a massive traffic jam on the streets below.

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August 8th 1907
The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost passed its 15,000-mile official trial with flying colors, showing off its seven-liter engine and four-speed overdrive gearbox. It was this trial that made "the Ghost's" reputation and gave the Rolls-Royce the name "The Best Car in the World." A total of 6,173 Silver Ghosts were produced.

August 8th 1954
Nigel Mansell, the Formula-1 racer, was born on this day in Birmingham, West Midlands, England. Mansell won 29 Grand Prix titles between 1980 and 1992. He retired from Formula-1 racing in 1992 to join the Haas-Newman Indy car racing team in the U.S., becoming an Indy car champion within his first year. He later returned to Formula-1 racing.

August 8th 1986
The last episode of the TV show Knight Rider aired on this day. The program featured David Hasselhoff as private eye Michael Knight, but the real star of the show was "KITT," his talking car. KITT was a modified Pontiac Firebird, complete with artificial intelligence and glowing red lights. KITT assisted Michael on his crime-fighting missions, communicating with him through a remote device Michael wore on his wrist.

August 8th 1991
James B. Irwin, pilot of the Lunar Roving Vehicle, died on this day. Irwin visited the surface of the moon during the Apollo 15 mission in 1971, during which he spent almost three days on the moon's surface investigating the Hadley-Apennine site, 462 miles north of the lunar equator. The Lunar Rover was a specially designed vehicle used to transport Irwin and David Scott around the moon's surface while collecting rocks and core samples. Irwin died at the age of 61.

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August 9th 1898
Rudolf Diesel, of Berlin, Germany, received a U.S. patent for an "Internal Combustion Engine" ("improvements in apparatus for regulating the fuel supply in slow-combustion motors and, in particular to internal combustion engines").

August 9th 1901
The first rally race in Ireland, sponsored by the Irish Automobile Club, was held on this day as 12 automobiles attempted an organized journey from Dublin to Waterford. A rally takes place over a specified public route with a driver and navigator straining to maintain a breakneck pace from checkpoint to checkpoint. The course is generally kept secret until the race begins. Rally racing became extremely popular after World War II, and weekend rallies became common worldwide. The longest rally took place in 1977, spreading over 19,239 miles from London to Sydney.

August 9th 1918
Following the lead of countries all over the world, the U. S. government ordered automobile production to halt by January 1, 1919, and convert to military production. Factories instead manufactured shells, and the engineering lessons of motor racing produced light, powerful engines for planes. Manufacturers turned out staff cars and ambulances by the hundreds. In fact, World War I has often been described as the war of the machines.

August 9th 1962
The Chrysler Corporation was the forst Auto Company to set an industry milestone by announcing for 1963 a five-year, 50,000-mile warranty covering all of its cars and trucks.

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August 10th 1897
C. Harrington Moore and Frederick R. Simms founded Automobile Club of Great Britain and Ireland, later known as the Royal Automobile Club. Its the oldest auto club.

August 10th 1907
Stretching nearly 10,000 miles, this Peking-to-Paris race lasted for 62 days, and was won on this day by the team of Prince Scipione Borghese and Ettore Guizzardi of Italy. Driving like a madman across Asia and Europe, Prince encountered brush fire, got stuck in a swamp, numerous crash and was pulled over by a policeman in Belgium. The policeman refused to believe that the prince was racing, rather than merely speeding.
There were no rules in the race, except that the first car to reach Paris would win the prize of a magnum of Mumm Champagne. The race went without any assistance through country where there were no roads or road-maps. For the race, camels carrying fuel left Peking and set up at stations along the route to give fuel to the racers. The race followed a telegraph route so that the race was well covered in newspapers at the time. Each car had one journalist as a passenger, with the journalists sending stories from the telegraph stations regularly through the race.

August 10th 1986
The Hungarian Grand Prix, the first such race held behind the Iron Curtain, was won by Nelson Piquet on this day driving the Williams-Honda. Held at the twisty Hungaroring near Budapest, the race has been a mainstay of the racing calendar. Run in the heat of a central European summer, it also holds the distinction of being the only current Grand Prix venue that had never seen a wet race up until the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix. The first Grand Prix saw 200,000 people spectating even though the tickets were expensive at the time.

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August 11th 1965
The Ford Bronco, intended to compete against Jeep's CJ-5 and International Harvester's Scout, was introduced on this day, feeding the burgeoning four-wheel-drive market. The first Broncos were very simple, without options such as power steering or automatic transmission. The classic Bronco was manufactured for 12 years, with 18,000 produced in 1966 alone. The Bronco's small size (92 in wheelbase) made it popular for off-roading and some other uses, but impractical for such things as towing. The Bronco was Ford's first compact SUV.


August 11th 1966
The first Chevy Camaro drove out of the manufacturing plant in Norwood, Ohio, on this day in 1966. The 1967 Camaro coupe was named just weeks before production. General Manager Elliot Estes, when publicly announcing the name saying, "I went into a closet, shut the door and came out with the name." Camaro is actually French for "comrade, pal, or chum." The Camaro was a hit with the public, sporting a base price of only $2,466 for a six-cylinder engine and three-speed manual transmission.

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August 12th 1901
Charles A. Yont and W.B. Felker completed the first automobile trip to the summit of Pikes Peak, Colorado, on this day, driving an 1899 locomobile steamer. Climbing 14,110 feet to the top was quite a feat for the little steamer. Pikes Peak is well known because of its commanding location and easy accessibility. Today, an ascent to the top is made easy by a graded toll road.

August 12, 1908
Henry Ford's first Model T, affectionately known as the "Tin Lizzie," rolled off the assembly line in Detroit, Michigan. The Model T revolutionized the automotive industry by providing an affordable, reliable car for the average American. Prior to the invention of the Model T, most automobiles were viewed as playthings of the rich. Ford was able to keep the price down by retaining control of all raw materials, as well as his use of new mass production methods. When it was first introduced, the "Tin Lizzie" cost only $850 and seated two people. Though the price fluctuated in the years to come, dipping as low as $290 in 1924, few other changes were ever made to the Model T. Electric lights were introduced in 1915, and an electric starter was introduced as an option in 1919. Eventually, the Model T's design stagnancy cost it its competitive edge, and Ford stopped manufacturing the "Tin Lizzie" in 1927.
The Ford Model T car was designed by Childe Harold Wills and two Hungarian immigrants named Joseph A. Galamb and Eugene Farkas. Also, Harry Love, C. J. Smith, Gus Degner and Peter E. Martin were part of the team.

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August 13th 1898
After a visit to the Winton plant with his brother William, James W. Packard purchased a Winton automobile #12. However, the car turned out to be a poor purchase. Dissatisfaction with it would prompt Packard to build his own car and establish the Packard Motor Car Company. Packard Motor Car Company would later be acquired by Studebaker, and lagging sales eventually led to the discontinuation of the Packard in 1958.

August 13, 1907
The first taxicab took to the streets of New York City on this day, marking the beginning of the love-hate relationship between New Yorkers and their cabbies. Motorized taxicabs had actually begun appearing on the streets of Europe in the late 1890s, and their development closely mirrors that of the automobile. The taxi is named after the taximeter, a device that automatically records the distance traveled or time consumed and used to calculate the fare. The term cab originated from the cabriolet, a one-horse carriage let out for hire.

August 13, 1955
Racer Hideo Fukuyama was born on this day in Owase, Japan. A NASCAR racer, he has contributed to the growing popularity of racing in Japan.

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August 14th 1893
On this day, the world's first automobile license plates were issued in Paris, France. However, plates were not issued in the United States for a few more years, when they were finally instituted as a safety measure. The city of Boston was the first to require its motorists to hold a license and register their vehicle--the owner would make his own plate with the corresponding registration numbers. The rest of Massachusetts soon followed the trend and began issuing registration plates made of iron and covered with a porcelain enamel.

August 14th 1912
The first double-decker bus appeared on the streets of New York on this day, travelling up and down Broadway. The double-decker originated in London as a two-story horse-drawn omnibus. The vehicles eventually added roof seating. Two-story buses can still be seen in the Big Apple, usually carrying a busload of tourists.

August 14th 1935
Mrs. M.S. Morrow of Whitestone, New York, had the last U.S.-built Rolls-Royce Phantom I delivered to her home on this day. Manufactured at the Rolls-Royce plant in Springfield, Massachusetts, the U.S.-built Phantom I made its debut one year after its British counterpart. It featured elegant proportions and well-engineered coachwork, suitable for the successor of the Silver Ghost--the model that earned Rolls-Royce a reputation as "the best car in the world." A total of 1,241 Phantoms were produced.

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August 15th 1899
Henry Ford resigned as chief engineer at the main Detroit Edison Company plant in order to concentrate on automobile production. On call at all times, Ford had no regular hours and could experiment in his free time. His tinkering was fruitful, for he completed his first horseless carriage by 1896. After turning to automobiles full time, he would revolutionize the automotive industry with the Model T, also known as the "Tin Lizzie."

August 15th 1945
World War II gasoline rationing in America ended on this day. Rationing was just one of the special measures taken in the U.S. during wartime. Civilian auto production virtually ceased after the attack on Pearl Harbor, as the U.S. automotive industry turned to war production. Automotive firms made almost $29 billion worth of military materials between 1940 and 1945, including jeeps, trucks, machine guns, carbines, tanks, helmets, and aerial bombs. After the war, rationing ended and the auto industry boomed.

August 15th 1947
On 3 June 1947, Viscount Louis Mountbatten, the last British Governor-General of India, announced the partitioning of the British Indian Empire into a secular India and a Muslim Pakistan. At midnight, on 15 August 1947, India became an independent nation.

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August 16th 1937
Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, became the first school to institute graduate study courses in traffic engineering and administration.

August 16th 1985
The last episode of the television show Dukes of Hazzard aired on this day, concluding a successful five-year run. Aside from Bo (John Schneider), Luke (Tom Wopat), and Daisy (Catherine Bach), the star of the show was General Lee, a 1969 Dodge Charger. The specially customized car became a favorite of fans as a large portion of each show was devoted to car chases and jumps. Several changes were made to the car, including custom orange paint, new manifolds, a special exhaust system, and a grill guard. Also, the stock horn was replaced by a special horn that played the first 12 notes of "Dixie."
On August 5, 2005, the General Lee made its big-screen debut in the release of the action comedy The Dukes of Hazard. The "Duke Boys," Bo (Seann William Scott) and Luke (Johnny Knoxville) Duke, elude authorities in the famed car while trying to help Daisy (Jessica Simpson) and moonshine running Uncle Jesse (Willie Nelson) save the family farm from being destroyed by Hazzard County's corrupt commissioner Boss Hogg (Burt Reynolds).

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August 17th 1890
Ralph R. Teetor, inventor of the cruise control, was born in Hagerstown, Indiana, on this day in 1890. A mechanical engineer with a degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Teetor began working at the Light Inspection Car Company. This family business eventually evolved into the Perfect Circle Company, of which Teetor became president. Teetor had a knack for invention and continued to work on new ideas after his retirement. His accomplishments are even more remarkable because he was blinded at the age of six, but never let his handicap keep him from his dream of becoming an inventor.

August 17th 1915
Charles F. Kettering of Detroit, Michigan, patented the electric automobile self-starter on this day. Kettering, along with Edward A. Deeds, founded Delco (Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company). Kettering and his company invented countless improvements for the automobile, including lighting and ignition systems, lacquer finishes, antilock fuels, and leaded gasoline. The Cadillac was the first car to use the electric starter, and Delco would later become a subsidiary of General Motors. Incidentally, before he started working on cars, Kettering also invented the first electric cash register.

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August 18th 1905
Newell S. Wright, an attorney, filed to register the Cadillac crest as a trademark. The insignia has adorned Cadillac's luxury car for almost a century.

August 18th 1937
The Toyota Motor Company, Ltd., began as a division of the Toyota Automatic Loom Works, was established on this day. The company underwent huge expansion in the 1960s and 1970s, exporting its smaller, more fuel-efficient cars to countless foreign markets. During this period, Toyota also acquired Hino Motors, Ltd., Nippondenso Company, Ltd., and Daihitsu Motor Company Ltd. Toyota has been Japan's largest automobile manufacturer for several decades.

August 18th 1940
Walter P. Chrysler, the American auto tycoon, died on this day. Born on April 2, 1875, Chrysler began his love affair with mechanics as an apprentice in a railroad machine shop, and soon worked his way up to plant manager for the American Locomotive Company. He later went on to become president of the Buick Motor Company, making it the strongest division of General Motors. In 1919, Chrysler resigned from General Motors to take control of the Maxwell Motor Company, which became the Chrysler Corporation in 1925. The new company, featuring a car that Chrysler designed, was soon a success. Today, the Chrysler Company owns Dodge and Plymouth, and is one of the "Big Three" in the American automotive industry.

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August 19th 1927
Henry and Edsel Ford drove the fifteen millionth Model T off the assembly line at the Highland Park plant in Michigan, officially ending Model T production. Production in England ended on August 19; in Ireland on December 31. After revolutionizing the automobile market, sales of the Model T had started to falter due to its failure to keep up with the competition. Total world Model T production: 15,458,781.

August 19th 1958
The production of the elegant Packard line came to a halt on this day. Studebaker-Packard attributed the decision to lagging luxury car sales, but many Packard fans were disgruntled by the decision, which came shortly after Packard's merge with Studebaker. Many wondered why Packard, with its reputation for high-quality cars and knowledgeable management would join with the debt-ridden Studebaker Company. Studebaker management assumed the company reins after the merger, not Packard.

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