First Automobile Patent

On January 29, 1886, Karl Benz applied for a patent for his “vehicle powered by a gas engine.” DRP-37435. The patent number 37435 – is regarded as the birth certificate of the automobile.

In July 1886 the newspapers reported on the first public outing of the three-wheeled Benz Patent Motor Car, model no. 1


Happy Kazoo Day

January 28th is National Kazoo Day!

The kazoo was invented in the 1840’s and first presented to the world at the Georgia State Fair in 1852 as the “Down South Submarine”.

Legend tells us that the kazoo was invented by collaboration of Alabama Vest and Thaddeus Von Clegg.

Commercial production of the Kazoo began many years later in 1912. Manufacturing was started by Emil Sorg in Western New York.  Sorg joined up with Michael McIntyre, a Buffalo tool and die maker.

Production moved to Eden, NY where the factory museum remains today as a working museum.

STS-51L – Challenger

28 January 1986, 11:38:00 a.m. (EST): The Space Shuttle Challenger (OV-099) lifted off from Launch Complex 39B at the Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Mission STS-51L

73 seconds after liftoff, Challenger was accelerating through Mach 1.62 at approximately 46,000 feet (14,000 meters) when it was destroyed by the explosion of its liquid hydrogen fuel tank.

More details here.



STS-51L Crew (l-r): Payload Specialists Christa McAuliffe and Gregory B. Jarvis, Mission Specialist Judith A. Resnik, Commander Francis R. Scobee, Mission Specialist Ronald E. McNair, Pilot Michael J. Smith, Mission Specialist Ellison S. Onizuka.
Credits: NASA