HISTORY OF TRANSPORTATION
3500 BC FIRST WHEELED VEHICLES
Fixed wheels on cars are invented - the first wheeled vehicles in history. Other early wheeled vehicles include the chariot.
3500 BC FIRST BOARDS
River boards are invented - ships with oars.
2000 BC HORSES
Horses are domesticated and used for transportation.
THE WHEELBARROW IS INVENTED 181-234
Iron horseshoes improve transportation by horse.
1493 DA VINCI'S FLYING MACHINES
Leonardo da Vinci first to seriously theorize about flying machines - with over 100 drawings that illustrated his theories on flights.
Cornelis Drebble invented the first submarine - a human oared submersible
1662 PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
Blaise Pascal invents the first public bus - horse-drawn, regular route, schedule, and fare system
CLOCKWORK CARRIAGE 1740
Jacques de Vaucanson demonstrates his clockwork powered carriage
STEAMBOAT INVENTED 1783
First practical steamboat demonstrated by Marquis Claude Francois de Jouffroy d'Abbans - a paddle wheel steamboat
HOT AIR BALLOON 1783
The Montgolfier brothers invent the first hot air balloons
FIRST SELF-PROPELLED ROAD VEHICLE 1769
First propelled road vehicle invented by Nicolas Joseph Cugnot
MODERN BICYCLES INVENTED 1790
1801 STEAM LOCOMOTIVE
Richard Trevithick invented the first steam powered locomotive [deisigned for roads]
1807 MOTORS WITH INTERNAL COMBUSTION
Isaac de Rivas makes a hydrogen gas powered vehicle - first with internal combustion power - however, very unsuccessful design
1807 STEAMBOAT REGULAR SERVICE
First steamboat with regular passenger service - inventor Robert Fulton's Clermont
1815 RAILROAD LOCOMOTIVE
George Stephenson invents the first practical steam powered railroad locomotive
FIRST GAS ENGINE AUTOMOBILE 1862
Made by Jean Lenoir
MOTORCYCLE INVENTED 1867
COMPRESSED AIR BRAKES 1868
George Westinghouse invents the compressed air locomotive brake - enabled trains to be stopped with fail-safe accuracy
CABLE CAR INVENTED 1871
FIRST USABLE CAR WITH INTERNAL COMBUSTION 1885
Karl Benz builds the world's first practical automobile to be powered by an internal combustion engine
THE ZEPPELIN 1889
Ferdinand von Zeppelin invents the first successful dirigible - the Zeppelin
1903 FIRST HUMAN FLIGHT
The Wright Brothers invent and fly the first engined airplane
Very first helicopter - unsuccessful design
1908 BETTER CAR PRODUCTION
Henry Ford improves the assembly line for automobile manufacturing
1980 HYDROFOIL BOATS
Hydrofoil boards co-invented by Alexander Graham Bell and Casey Baldwin - boats that skimmed the water.
1926 ROCKETS LAUNCHED
First liquid propelled rocket launched
MODERN HELICOPTERS INVENTED 1940
FIRST SUPERSONIC JET FLIGHT 1947
HOVERCRAFT INVENTED 1956
BULLET TRAIN TRAVELS MADE POSSIBLE 1964
APOLLO LANDS ON THE MOON 1969
JUMBO JET FLIES 1970
FIRST SPACE SHUTTLE MISSION 1981
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