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Today in Entrepreneurial History: August 31

1895 – German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin patents his Navigable Balloon.


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Today in Entrepreneurial History: August 28

Caleb Davis Bradham (May 27, 1867 – February 19, 1934) invented the soft drink Pepsi-Cola.


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Today in Entrepreneurial History: August 23

In snowy conditions, transportation authorities may require that snow chains or other traction aids be installed on vehicles, or at least supplied for them.


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Today in Entrepreneurial History: August 20

On 22 March 1925, one and a half years after the Great Kantō earthquake, Radio Japan produced the first radio broadcast in the country, transmitting from Atago Hill just north of the Tokugawa Tombs in Shiba Park.


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Who Was Frank Sprague?

Two of his key inventions — the first electric motor that ran at a constant speed under various loads and the self-propelled train car–led to the trolleys and later, to commuter trains.


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Today in Entrepreneurial History: August 17

1807 – Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat leaves New York, New York for Albany, New York on the Hudson River, inaugurating the first commercial steamboat service in the world.


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Today in Entrepreneurial History: August 15

1843 – Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest still intact amusement parks in the world, opens in Copenhagen, Denmark.1914 – The Panama Canal opens to traffic with the transit of the cargo ship SS Ancon.


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Today in Entrepreneurial History: August 14

1885 – Japan’s first patent is issued to the inventor of a rust-proof paint.


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Today in Entrepreneurial History: August 8

Milton Wright, father of Wilbur and Orville, was an itinerant churchman embroiled in controversies who bequeathed to his sons firmness of purpose, stubborn independence and overweening pride, qualities that were to inform their lives.


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Today in Entrepreneurial History: August 7

Sony’s cofounders, Masaru Ibuka and Akio Morita, met near the end of World War II.


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