An almanac of automotive history

Today is January 26, 2018. But did you know that on this date in 1925, General Motors Brazil was organized? Or that on this date in 2014, Tata Motors managing director Karl Slym died after falling out of a 22nd story hotel window in Bangkok, Thailand? Or — most significantly except, perhaps, to the late Mr. Slym’s family — that on this date in 1979 The Dukes of Hazzard premiered on CBS.

I know the above because (a) I can read a calendar and (b) I just received a copy of Brian Corey’s delightful new book, This Day in Automotive History.

For each date of the year, Corey shares a featured historical automotive event as well as a couple of “Also on this day” items.

In the featured Dukes section today, we learn that Bo and Luke Duke had a 1969 Dodge Charger called the “General Lee,” in which they frequently fled the

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