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March 18, 1858 – Rudolf Diesel is born
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March 18, 1858 – Rudolf Diesel is born

On this day in 1858 Rudolf Diesel, would later patent the type of engine by the same name, was born. In 1870, at the age of 12, Diesel and his family fled Paris for London due to the Franco-Prussian war. Before the conflict ended Rudolph’s parents sent him to stay with an aunt and uncle in Augsburg. There he became fluent in German and developed an interest in math while watching his uncle teach it. Rudolph remained in Augsburg following the conflict to study engineering. He later landed a scholarship to the Royal Bavarian Polytechnic of Munich. After graduating in January of 1880 with the highest educational honors in his class, Rudolph moved to Paris to work for his former professor, Carl von Linde. The pair designed and constructed an ice and refrigeration plant, of which Diesel...
January 6, 1930 – The first diesel road trip
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January 6, 1930 – The first diesel road trip

At 11 years old in 1930, the Cummins Engine Company faced a make or break situation. It was now or never to show the public that diesel motors were a viable option for passenger car travel if they intended to stay in business. To do so, founder Clessie Cummins concocted a marketing stunt that'd once and for all prove diesel engines could compete with gasoline motors in daily drivers. He installed one of his engines in a used Packard and prepped for the first long distance journey in a diesel powered automobile. With the eyes of journalists and the public upon him, he set off from Indianapolis, Indiana for New York City. The 792 mile trip came to a successful end on this day in 1930. Overall, the car used used about 30 gallons of diesel fuel at a cost of less than $1.38.  Above: The...
September 29, 1913 – Inventor of the Diesel engine mysteriously disappears
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September 29, 1913 – Inventor of the Diesel engine mysteriously disappears

On this day in 1913 the inventor of the Diesel engine disappeared from a ship never to be seen alive again. In 1870, at the age of 12, Rudolf Diesel and his family fled Paris for London due to the Franco-Prussian war. Before the conflict ended Rudolph’s parents sent him to stay with an aunt and uncle in Augsburg. There he became fluent in German and developed an interest in math while watching his uncle teach it. Rudolph remained in Augsburg following the conflict to study engineering. He later landed a scholarship to the Royal Bavarian Polytechnic of Munich. After graduating in January of 1880 with the highest educational honors in his class, Rudolph moved to Paris to work for his former professor, Carl von Linde. The pair designed and constructed an ice and refrigeration plant, o...
September 29, 1913 – The mysterious disappearance of Rudolph Diesel
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September 29, 1913 – The mysterious disappearance of Rudolph Diesel

In 1870, at the age of 12, Rudolf Diesel and his family fled Paris for London due to the Franco-Prussian war. Before the conflict ended Rudolph was sent to stay with an aunt an uncle in Augsburg, Germany, a trip that would forever change his life's path. A life that ended under very strange circumstances. Diesel's first experimental engine from 1893 After becoming fluent in German and developing an extreme interest in math, thanks to sitting in on his uncle’s class, Rudolph decided to stay in Augsburg to study engineering. He would go on to land a scholarship to the Royal Bavarian Polytechnic of Munich. After graduating in January of 1880 with the highest educational honors in his class, Rudolph began to work under a former professor, Carl von Linde, in Paris. As a team they de...

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