April 1 1826 – Samuel Morey Patents the Internal Combustion Engine

April 1 1826 – Samuel Morey Patents the Internal Combustion Engine4 (80%) 6 votes *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons The 19th century produced a series of revolutions in transportation, yet it could be argued none have had a wider reach than the internal combustion engine. Patented by American Samuel Morey on April 1, 1826, the means for propelling the modern automobile would cause a dramatic shift in a variety of industries — not to mention individual lifestyles — that continues to this day. The pathway to technological advancement began more than three centuries before, when Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci scribbled down the details of an engine that featured an encapsulated […]