Bertha Benz (wife of Karl) was born

Thursday 3rd May 1849

Bertha Benz (wife of Karl) was born. In August 1888, without her husband’s knowledge, she drove her sons Richard and Eugen in one of Benz’s newly-constructed ‘Patent Motorwagen’ automobiles more than 60 miles from Mannheim to Pforzheim, to become the first person to drive an automobile over more than a very short distance. Before this historic event automobile trips were only a few miles long, and were merely trials with mechanical assistants.

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