On this day in auto history - December 7th

Mon 7th Dec 2020

It was on this day in 1977 that celebrated American inventor Dr Peter Carl Goldmark - the man who revolutionised the music business by creating the LP record - was tragically killed in a car crash in New York state.

The Hungarian-born 71-year-old was driving alone when he was killed instantly in an early morning collision with another vehicle on the Hutchinson River Parkway in Westchester County.

The driver of the other vehicle involved reportedly escaped with minor injuries.

Only two weeks previously, Dr Goldmark - who became a USA citizen in 1937 - had received the prestigious National Medal of Science from then-President Jimmy Carter.

In addition to his groundbreaking work developing the LP record, Goldmark was credited for playing a leading role in the development of both colour television and video recorders.