On this day: September 20

POSTED: 10:42 PM Sep 19 2012   UPDATED: 12:00 AM Sep 20 2015

Magellan sets sail, the first American-made, gas-powered car goes for a spin, Cal Ripken sits for the first time in 16 years, and the U.S. ends "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," all on this day.

OTD September 20 - Duryea car
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Smithsonian Institution

1893: Charles Duryea and his brother Frank road-test the first American-made gasoline-powered automobile in a portion of Springfield, Massachusetts, that is now located in the city of Chicopee. The Duryeas' "motor wagon" was a used horse drawn buggy that the brothers had purchased for $70 and into which they had installed a four horse-power, single-cylinder gasoline engine.


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