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86 April 2018 www.thunderpress.net THUNDER PRESS Happy Anniversary in Oh-Three! The world • Invasion of Iraq by American and British-led coalition begins, without United Nations support and in defi ance of world opinion. Whaddayathink? • The Human Genome Project is com- pleted with 99 percent of it (fi gure 1) sequenced to an accuracy of 99.99 percent. The Human Gnome Project continues… • The last "old-style" Volkswagen Beetle (fi gure 2) rolls off the assem- bly line in Mexico. Only one of the notable vehicle-related occurrences of the year… and I miss them still. • The supersonic jet, Concorde (fi gure 3), makes its last commercial fl ight. Sadly… making air travel about the only thing that's slowed down in the last decade. • Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is captured near his home town. Probably not the best choice of hiding places. The nation • Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates during reentry into the Earth's atmo- sphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard. The fi nal frontier has never been the safest. • The Spirit Rover (fi gure 4) is launched, beginning NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission. Is Mars the next frontier? • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl premieres at Disneyland. Aye, me hearties! • Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes gov- ernor of California. How hard can it be? • The new United States Department of Homeland Security offi cially begins oper- ation. How's that working out for ya? • Toyota overtakes Chrysler to get the number three slot in U.S. car sales. FIAT looks on! • Ford builds brand new Model Ts (six in all, coded "T100") and parks a couple in the lobby (fi gure 5), as well as three Ford GT prototypes, and a supercharged Harley-Davidson Edition F150 pickup to commemorate their own 100th! • The Indian factory in Gilroy, California, announces its closure, after only a year's production of the Powerplus (PP100) Roadmaster (fi gure 6). Then, the engines were released without enough development and prob- lems ensued that sank the company. Today, there are at least two companies who specialize in putting this engine right, which makes these very rare, collectible and rideable bikes. • Meanwhile, Indian's eventual sav- ior (Polaris) fi nally stepped away Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 3 Figure 4

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