June 30, 1953: First Corvette is Built
On this day in 1953, the first Corvette reached the end of the assembly line in Flint, Michigan. The Corvette was one of General Motors’ first high performance sports cars. General Motors produced and sold 300 units that included a standard white exterior and red interior. After many years of redesign the Corvette has earned a reputation as America’s most prized sports car.
Explore Ken Burns’s film Horatio’s Drive tolearnmore about the evolution of the automobile.
Photo: 1953 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, picture taken 1977 (Wikimedia Commons).
The birth of a legend.
It’s good to see the GOP take a step forward in returning to a serious political organization. Someday Republicans will look back and say “WTF we’re we thinking” when it comes to Michelle Bachmann. For Bachmann it’s “so long congress, hello Fox News!”
OKC reminds us that the Great Plains are a brutal place. In our comfortable existence we’ve become separated from nature, but occasionally events like this remind us of our fragility.
It’s especially evident in places across the great middle of our nation. Ask any old timer from Lubbock to Bismarck and they’ll tell you horror stories of the weather. Cattle caught in sudden blizzards found frozen solid and standing up like statues in pastures outside Amarillo, torrential spring flooding that devastates communities in the Dakotas, brutal dust storms across western Kansas choking the life out of human and animal alike, and the most frightening of all, the monstrous tornados that sweep across Oklahoma. These are just a few of the devilish weather events that make up the The Great Plains.
It’s not a coincidence that The Great Plains were the last place to be settled in America. It was always a foreboding dangerous place. A land of loneliness and stark beauty. But in the end, a place of relentless unending danger, and today it gave us that lesson again.