Business: Wheel of Fortune

On a cool February evening in 1888 Scottish Veterinarian John Boyd Dunlop watched his small son pedal a tricycle along a Belfast street and into history. For the rear wheels of the boy's tricycle Dunlop had fashioned hollow rubber-and-canvas tubes pumped full of air—two of the world's earliest pneumatic tires. Within two years pneumatic tires were the rage of Britain's cyclists, and Dunlop was busy trying to fill the demand.

From these modest beginnings Dunlop Rubber Co., Ltd. has grown into a mammoth holding company with 165 subsidiaries, 66,000 stockholders and 93,000 employees....

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