DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Ferdinand von Zeppelin (aged 78)
German inventor of the Zeppelin
Ferdinand Adolf Heinrich August Graf von Zeppelin(8 July 1838 – 8 March 1917) was a German generaland later inventor of the Zeppelin rigid airships; he founded the company Luftschiffbau Zeppelin.
DEATH: Count Zeppelin died in 1917, before the end of World War I, therefore he did not witness either the provisional shutdown of the Zeppelin project due to the Treaty of Versailles or the second resurgence of the Zeppelins under his successor Hugo Eckener. The unfinished World War II German aircraft carrier Graf Zeppelin, and two rigid airships, the world-circling LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin, and LZ 130 Graf Zeppelin II, twin to the Hindenburg, were named after him.