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Today In History: August 17

Slide 1 of 8: ORIGINAL CAPTION READS:  Charles Kettering with a model of his first electric self-starter at the Chicago World's Fair.

1915: Charles Kettering receives patent for electric self-starter

American Innovator Charles F. Kettering is awarded a US patent for his "engine starting device" which is a first of its kind. 

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