Who Invented Chevrolet?

Who Invented Chevrolet?

The history of Chevrolet (or Chevy) began in 1911. William Durant was removed from GM (General Motors) the year before. He hired Louis Chevrolet to design cars for his new company. The first Chevy they made was sold for $875. Over the years, the car and brand would become one of the most recognized in the country. The Rise of the Chevy The early Chevrolet models proved very popular and sold well. By 1917, Durant and GM entered into an agreement wherein Chevrolet would become part of GM. Under GM, the sales and popularity of the Chevrolet grew rapidly. By the 1920s it was only behind Ford and Dodge in terms of sales and recognition. In 1925 the company introduced the Superior. The Superior went on sale for only $650 and for the first time in the history of Chevrolet, it surpassed Ford in terms of sale. The Cast Iron Wonder in 1929 topped the 1 million sales mark in its first year. The 1930s to 1950s The 1930s saw the company introduce new features to their cars. Among the most important ones were the hydraulic brakes, column shifts and V grilles. In 1939 they came up with their first station wagon. 1940 saw the company release a convertible at reduced prices. From the 1950s to 60s, the Chevy would incorporate more elements to their models. 1950 saw the company produce the Powerglide transmission. It offered auto shifting at lower prices, which helped boost sales. The history of Chevrolet in 1953 is noted for the release of the Chevrolet Corvette. The sports car was the first to use a plastic body and would prove to be a big hit with buyers. A year later small V8 engines were being...
Who Invented Peanut Butter?

Who Invented Peanut Butter?...

It has been delighting lots of kids and adults for years. But has anyone wondered and found out who invented peanut butter? Its beginnings actually cover a long period in history. And it is difficult to actually pinpoint one person responsible for it all. Well, here are some hints on how peanut butter started. Early Records As early as 950 B.C. peanuts had been known to be popularly used in South America. The Incas then started turning them into a paste-like delicacy. By 1883, peanut butter was already a favorite Georgian delicacy in Savannah. According to some early dailies there, it was also in use for cooking in some parts of Africa and Asia about that time. However, no mention of specifically who invented peanut butter was mentioned. It was not until 1890 when a name finally surfaced on how peanut butter started. A Physician was Mentioned In 1890, a person was finally mentioned by some reports regarding how peanut butter started. The story went that there was once a physician in St. Louis who served his aged patients ground peanuts. This made the nutritious nuts to be easily eaten and digested by them. However, as to his actual name, nothing was mentioned. No one still knew who invented peanut better in particular. Dr. Ambrose Straub In 1890 crushed and pounded peanuts made into butter reached the shores of the American mainland and by the year 1900 the product was available in big sealed jars in grocery stores. Finally, in 1903, Dr. Ambrose Straub came up with a special machine for making peanut butter. Thus finally, a name appeared in connection to who invented peanut butter. Well, at least they came up with the name of the inventor of...
Who Invented the Spear?

Who Invented the Spear?

The Spear: A Universal Invention Who invented the spear? Humans can’t claim to be the sole inventor of this weapon. Scientists have found evidence that chimpanzees in Senegal also make them. They would break off tree branches and sharpen the ends with their teeth. Of course it is possible they figured out how from observing people. Another species of ape, the orangutan, learned to make spears after watching humans. Both animal species use their weapons to hunt for food. Archeological Evidence of Spears Among humans, the invention of spears seems to date back to over 400,000 years ago. This could be misleading since wooden spears can’t last much longer for archeologists to discover. It is clear that the Neanderthals used sharp-edged weapons in 300,000 BP. Early humans learned how to harden spears with fire in about 50,000 years later. Use of the Spear in the Ancient World Spears were used quite a lot in the Neolithic Age, Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. It was one of mankind’s oldest weapons. For example, in ancient Mesopotamia, soldiers used short spears for holding in one hand and a shield in the other. The Greeks invented the doru and later the long sarissa for their renowned phalanges battle formation. Alexander the Great and his father Philip won their battles using this strategy. The early Germanic and Celtic tribes also used the spear. They used them in boar hunting and warfare. When they died, Germanic warriors were buried with their spears. The fleur de lys, symbol of royal power, is thought to have been derived from a spear. Religious Symbolism of the Spear The spear was the favored weapon of some ancient gods such as Odin in Norse mythology and Lugh in...
Who Invented the QWERTY Keyboard?

Who Invented the QWERTY Keyboard?...

Introduction The QWERTY is called so because of the first 6 letters on its top left side. The QWERTY was not originally a computer keyboard. It was a design for typewriters. The QWERTY Inventor The American inventor Christopher Sholes designed the QWERTY keyboard. Sholes worked as a newspaper in Milwaukee. When his compositors went on a strike, he tried to invent a typesetting machine so he wouldn’t have to rely on them anymore. But he did not succeed. Sholes also wanted to invent a device that would number pages in a book easily. Together with another inventor, Samuel Soule, he created a machine for numbering in 1866. Sholes would have stopped there. But a fellow inventor Carlos Glidden suggested that the machine might be able to type letters as well. Later on in 1867, Sholes was the Scientific American magazine. He read an article about the Plerotype typewriter invented by John Pratt, an Englishman. Sholes then had the idea to invent his own typewriter. So Sholes got together with Soule and Glidden once again. Their very first collaboration was a piano-like machine with white and black keys. There were no separate keys for the numbers 0 and 1 since the letters O and I could be substituted. The trio of inventors patented their work on July 1868. The three men approached many people with their invention, using letters made with their typewriter. James Desmore of Pennsylvania became interested and bought one-fourth of the patent rights without inspecting design first. When he finally saw it, he said more work needed to be done before it could be marketed. Soule and Glidden soon gave up, relinquishing the rest of the patent to Sholes. Sholes next turned to stenographers to test their...
Who Invented the First Apple Computer?

Who Invented the First Apple Computer?...

The first Apple computer was conceived by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak and sold on July 1976. It consisted of a motherboard, memory and CPU. The history of Apple computer shows the company was incorporated a few months after the Apple I went on sale. Early History The Apple I sold very well and inspired Wozniak and Jobs to develop the Apple II. The Apple II came with a 5 ¼ floppy drive and employed color and graphics. The machine was even more successful than the Apple I. The Apple II was bought by educators and hobbyists. Soon the Apple II became a mainstay in schools where computers were being taught. Another welcome feature of the Apple II was its open architecture. This design allowed third party vendors to create applications for the computer. The history of Apple computer shows that by 1978, the machine had also become a mainstay in business offices. This was due to the appearance of various third party business applications on the Apple II. The Lisa and the Macintosh The Apple II was followed by the Apple III which was a commercial failure. The computer improved very little from its predecessor. It also had a number of technical glitches that affected its performance. The company was also unable to make gains on the business front. It would lose its business market share to IBM. In response, Steve Jobs went to Pao Alto Research Laboratory, run by Xerox. There he was able to recruit its most brilliant researchers. It was this team of researchers who designed the GUI (graphical user interfaced), pull down menus and the use of a mouse. This would be an important point in the history of Apple computer. In 1983, the...
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