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February 11, 1847 – Thomas Edison, electric car pioneer (and inventor of other stuff, I guess), is born
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February 11, 1847 – Thomas Edison, electric car pioneer (and inventor of other stuff, I guess), is born

Sometimes I write a lot, sometimes not so much. Today is the latter because someone else wrote something you need to read if you're a transportation history buff. In honor of Thomas Edison's birthday, check out this article about the cheap EV from him and Henry Ford that nearly was. Edison, born on this day in 1847, gets a lot of credit for things he may or may not have invented. Light bulbs, anyone? One thing he doesn't get credit for that he also didn't invent is the electric car. However, he invested plenty of time and resources into electric car technology of the era, particularly batteries. Tune up your closet with cool car clothes from This Day in Automotive History. Those batteries are what Ford wanted to power a new electric vehicle in the mid 1910s. Ford even told the ...
September 7, 1896 -“Get a Horse!”
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September 7, 1896 -“Get a Horse!”

The start of the race When the first auto race to take place on an American race track began on this day in 1896 it started so slow that spectators were shouting, "Get a horse!" The race, sponsored by automobile manufacturers hoping to attract new buyers, took place at the Narragansett Trotting Park in Cranston, Rhode Island. It marked the first time a US auto race was held on a track, opposed to on public streets. Narragansett was a one mile-long dirt oval track at the state fairgrounds that was generally reserved for horse racing. But on this day seven cars took the field to participate in the five lap “Providence Horseless Carriage Race.” After the trot of a start more than 60,000 spectators became wooed as they watched as a Riker Electric complete the five lap race first, averaging...
September 13, 1899 – The first person killed by an automobile in the US
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September 13, 1899 – The first person killed by an automobile in the US

On this day in 1899 Henry Bliss was exiting a streetcar at West 74th Street and Central Park West in New York City when he was struck by an electric taxicab driven by Arthur Smith. The vehicle crushed Bliss’ head and chest, causing him to die from his injuries by the next morning, making him the first person to be killed by an automobile in the United States. Smith, who was ferrying Dr. David Edson, the son of former NYC Mayor Franklin Edson, was charged with manslaughter, but was later acquitted. Henry Bliss in 1873 On the 100th anniversary of the event a plaque was placed and dedicated at the intersection where the accident occurred. It reads, “Here at West 74th Street and Central Park West, Henry H. Bliss dismounted from a streetcar and was struck and knocked unconscious by an au...

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