On July 28, 1897, Alexander Winton began a nine-day test-drive of his automobile, proving its reliability to investors. Winton went on to become the top-selling automobile manufacturer for several years. He had more than 100 patents, and often allowed others to use them for free when safety was involved.
On May 18, 1968, Hot Wheels released its first toy cars, dubbed “The Sweet 16.” Since then, they’ve become one of the world’s most popular toy car makers, with the company estimating that they sell eight Hot Wheels every second.
On April 20, 1987, the second Sunshine Skyway Bridge opened. It was rebuilt following a 1980 accident. Considered a symbol of Florida, it’s also the longest cable-stayed concrete bridge in the world.
On August 20, 2005, the USPS issued the first stamps in a nostalgic series honoring classic cars.
On August 10, 1936, President Franklin Roosevelt used the power of the 1906 Antiquities Act to create Joshua Tree National Monument.
The 1933 World’s Fair opened in Chicago, Illinois, on May 27, 1933.
The American Automobile Association (AAA) was founded on March 4, 1902, in Chicago, Illinois.
On November 28, 1895, the Chicago Times-Herald Race was held between six cars.