In 1872 on this date, the Westinghouse Railway Air Brake was patented.
While not the first application of a failure tolerant mechanism as were applied to the Elevator.
In a more recent issue, it seems that Toyota could have absorbed some blame and resolved issues on a more timely basis. Allowing an issue brew for for ten years does not exactly establish a positive corporate image.
I can not really complain, I was cursed with both the Corvair and the Vega.