On this day: March 14

POSTED: 11:54 AM PST Mar 08, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Mar 13, 2016 

America's first town hall meeting is held, Eli Whitney patents his cotton gin, Pan Am is incorporated, and JFK's body is moved to a permanent memorial, all on this day.

OTD March 14 - Lee Petty
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International Motorsports Hall of Fame

1914: Race car driver Lee Petty, one of the pioneers of NASCAR and one of its first superstars, is born near Randleman, North Carolina. He was the winner of the inaugural Daytona 500 in 1959 and won the NASCAR Championship on three occasions. Petty was also the patriarch of the Petty racing family that included sons Richard (NASCAR's all-time race winner) and Maurice, grandson Kyle and great-grandson Adam, who became the first fourth-generation driver in NASCAR history before dying during a Busch Series practice session in May 2000. Lee Petty died of an abdominal aortic aneurysm at the age of 86 on April 5, 2000.


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