Hey there, I'm Molly Wood. Its May 2, 2008. Here's what
happened today in tech history.
The Brits have a lot of landmarks on May second. For example, in
1952, the British-designed de Havilland Comet 1 made its maiden
voyage and became the world's first jet airliner. That first flight
went from London to Johannesburg. Unfortunately, after it went into
commercial production, Comet aircraft were involved in several
disastrous and some fatal accidents as a result of metal fatigue. It
was pulled out of service, but future Comet models had successful
May 2, 1969 saw the maiden launch of the British Ocean Liner
Queen Elizabeth 2, to New York City. And 2002 brought the death
of W.T. Tutte, the British codebreaker who made a major
breakthrough on German codes during World War II that
significantly advanced the Allied invasion of Europe.
Meanwhile, back in America, on this date in 2005, the last car was
produced at the 100-year-old Lansing Car Assembly plant -- and it
was a Pontiac Grand Am. The plant was the longest-operating in the
U.S. when it closed four days later, and it was also the plant that
built the last Oldsmobile (back on April 29th).
And that'll do it for today, my friends. See you tomorrow for more
tech throughout the ages.
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