2017-09-27 / Columns

Moments in Time

• On Sept. 30, 1868, the first volume of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved children’s book “Little Women” is published. Alcott’s subsequent children’s fiction included “Little Men” (1871) and “Jo’s Boys” (1886).

• On Oct. 1, 1908, the first production Model T Ford is completed. Between 1908 and 1927, Ford would build 15 million Model Ts. The cars were powered by a 22-horsepower, four-cylinder engine and could go as fast as 40 mph.

• On Sept. 29, 1913, Rudolf Diesel, inventor of the engine that bears his name, disappears while traveling by steamship from Belgium to England. On Oct. 10, his body was found floating in the water. His death was judged a suicide, but many people believed Diesel was murdered.

• On Sept. 26, 1928, work begins at Chicago’s new Galvin Manufacturing plant. Galvin would introduce the Motorola radio, the first mass-produced commercial car radio. The name had two parts: “motor” evoked cars and motion, while “ola” derived from “Victrola” and was supposed to make people think of music.

• On Sept. 25, 1957, under escort from the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division, nine black students enter allwhite Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Of the 517 black students in the district, 80 expressed interest and were interviewed by the school. Of the 17 chosen, nine decided to attend.

• On Sept. 27, 1967, a French TV network begins to broadcast the first (and only) season of the American sitcom “My Mother, The Car.” The show’s premise was a man visits a used-car lot and finds a 1928 Porter convertible that is, somehow, the reincarnation of his dead mother.

• On Sept. 28, 1972, weekly casualty figures for the Vietnam War contain no U.S. fatalities for the first time since March 1965. Losses remained high among South Vietnamese forces, which had taken over the fighting. (c) 2017 King Features

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