FYI May 02, 2020

On This Day

1918 – General Motors acquires the Chevrolet Motor Company of Delaware.
General Motors Company,[1] commonly referred to as General Motors (GM), is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Detroit that designs, manufactures, markets, and distributes vehicles and vehicle parts, and sells financial services, with global headquarters in Detroit’s Renaissance Center. It was originally founded by William C. Durant on September 16, 1908 as a holding company. The company is the largest American automobile manufacturer, and one of the world’s largest.[7] As of 2019, General Motors is ranked #13 on the Fortune 500 rankings of the largest United States corporations by total revenue.[8]

General Motors manufactures vehicles in 15 countries;[9] its core automobile brands include Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac. It also either owns or holds a significant stake in foreign brands such as Holden, Wuling, Baojun, and Jiefang.[10] Annual worldwide sales volume reached a milestone of 10 million vehicles in 2016.[11][12][13]



Born On This Day

1813 – Caroline Leigh Gascoigne, English novelist and poet (d. 1883)[4]
Caroline Leigh Gascoigne (gas-koin′; 2 May 1813 – 11 June 1883) was a 19th-century English poet and novelist. She published Temptation (1839), Evelyn Harcourt (1842), Dr. Harold’s Note-Book (1869), and other works in prose and verse.[1]

Early years

Caroline Leigh Smith was born 2 May 1813 in London, England. She was the daughter of MP John Smith, and his third wife Emma Leigh. Her early years were spent at her father’s estate, Dale Park in Sussex.[2] Her father was a rich banker but he was accidentally poisoned by his wife who gave him an overdose of laudanum.[3] Her elder half brothers were the MPs John Abel Smith and Martin Tucker Smith.[4]

Gascoigne began writing fiction and poetry at an early age. In 1834, she married Lt.Col. (later, General) Ernest Frederick Gascoigne, MP for Liverpool, and there were three children from this union.[2] She died on 11 June 1883.[5]




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