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The horse wins the battle, but loses the war

As every computer geek (and especially Bill Gates) knows, when you’re demonstrating new technology, something usually goes wrong at exactly the worst moment.

The good news? Problems like that don’t just happen to computer people. On this day in 1830, the first U.S.-builte steam engine, Tom Thumb, performed beautifully on the first half of a dlemonstration trip. The little engine pulled a car full of 40 officials, dignitaries, and society stars from Baltimore to Ellicott Mills in about an hour.

But technology trouble awaited the engine on the return trip…

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