Historical Happenings #2 ~ Henry Ford

Remembering the past is just as planning for the future in my opinion.  Although this may be cliché, it is important not to repeat the mistakes of the past.  During this series, Historical Happenings, I want to share with you some facts about history that was made that day.  I found these events on History.com.  Today I am going to share 10 interesting facts about Henry Ford and his business.

“On this day in 1904, Henry Ford sets a land-speed record of 91.37 mph on the frozen surface of Michigan’s Lake St. Clair.” ~History.com


1. “Henry Ford was born on a farm in present-day Dearborn, Michigan, on July 30, 1863.”


This picture was taken from The Daily Detroit.

2. “When Ford was 13 years old, his father gifted him a pocket watch, which the young boy promptly took apart and reassembled.”

3. “Unsatisfied with farm work, Ford left home the following year, at the age of 16, to take an apprenticeship as a machinist at a shipbuilding firm in Detroit.”


This picture was taken from Wikipedia.

4. “The Quadricycle: In 1896 Henry Ford built his first car – a horseless carriage using a simple frame with an ethanol-powered engine and four bicycle wheels mounted on it. He called his creation the “Quadricycle”.”

5. “On June 16, 1903, Ford [started] a new company: the Ford Motor Company.”


This picture was taken from Ford.

6. “In 1908, Ford launched […] the Model T, which revolutionized the automotive industry–and American society in general–by providing affordable, reliable transportation for the average person.”

7. “Within ten years over half of all cars sold in America were the Ford Model T.”

8. “The colors of the first Model T cars were grey, green, blue, and red – not black. In 1914 Henry Ford reduced costs and durability by using black paint.”


9. “In 1913, Ford Motor Company began employing the moving assembly line at its plant in Highland Park, Michigan, which reduced the assembly speed […] from 12 hours and 8 minutes to 1 hour and 33 minutes.”


This picture was taken from The Truth About Cars.



10. “[Ford] introduced the $5-per-day wage ($110 in 2011) as a method of keeping the best workers loyal to his company.”




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