August 5 - 1888 - Bertha Benz Drives from Mannheim to Pforzheim
The fact that Bertha Benz drove her two sons the sixty five miles from their home in Mannheim to Pforzheim, both in Southern Germany, does not initially seem all that remarkable. On the other hand, no one had ever driven a car anything like that distance before. The car she drove was invented by her husband and business partner Karl Benz, and he had only demonstrated it in short runs around city streets. By taking a drive in the country, which required refilling at pharmacies and finding homemade mechanical fixes, Bertha Benz proved her husband's invention was practical for people beyond playboys and technophiles.