January 24: Etienne Lenoir patents the first practical engine in 1860

Like the fish staring up at the shore in the “Ascent of Man” cartoons, every engine on the road today can trace its lineage back to Etienne Lenoir. A Belgian engineer and inventor, Lenoir had built steam engines, which several other inventors were attempting to adapt to road vehicles. But Lenoir decided to use a [...]
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