Today in History: Ford Company takes its first order in 1903

Today in History: Ford Company takes its first order in 1903

On this day in 1903, the newly formed Ford Motor Company takes its first order for a two-cylinder Model A automobile. The buyer, a dentist in Chicago, paid $850 for his new toy and the car was delivered just over one week later. Within two months, the company had sold 215 Fords. By the end of its first year, Ford had built 1000 cars at its Detroit plant.

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Today in History: The Bikini

Today in History: The Bikini
Two small pieces of fabric caused major turmoil at the beaches at the end of the 1940s. French fashion designer Louis Reard gave them a name: bikini. The first bikini was presented on July 5, 1946 at a Paris fashion show. The rest is history.

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Today in History: Cunard founded in 1840

Today in History: Cunard founded in 1840

Samuel Cunard founded the first transatlantic boat service, a company called the British and North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, which quickly became known as the Cunard Line. Samuel Cunard himself took part in the maiden voyage on the Britannia, leaving Liverpool on July 4th and arriving in Halifax, Canada, 12 days later. The vessel hosted 115 passengers and included a ladies-only saloon. The fare of 34 guineas covered provisions and wine.

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Today in History: First Zeppelin Flight

Today in History: First Zeppelin Flight

On July 2, 1900, the first zeppelin flight took place over Germany’s Lake Constance (the Bodensee). Leading the flight was no other than Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, the designer and builder of the first rigid airship in the world, the LZ 1 (LZ stands for Luftschiff Zeppelin or Zeppelin Airship). Powered by two Daimler engines with 28 PS, the airship consisted of a 128-meter-long aluminum construction which was carried by hydrogen cells. While the zeppelin may be considered a spectacular aircraft, it was but only an episode in the conquest of the skies by humans. The size and especially the highly explosive gas mixture limited the use of the otherwise elegant aircraft. The catastrophic explosion of the “Hindenburg” on May 6, 1937 was the sad climax and the end of zeppelins.

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Today in History: First Tour de France in 1903

Today in History: First Tour de France in 1903

In its early years, the Tour de France bicycle race lasted for 20 days with a course that stretched about 1,500 miles. The race was first created by the sports daily, L’Auto as a way to boost its circulation. The first Tour de France was won by Italian-French racer, Maurice Garin.

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Today in History: The world’s first Kindergarten opens in Germany in 1865

Today in History: The world’s first Kindergarten opens in Germany in 1865

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Today is National Sunglasses Day !

Today is National Sunglasses Day !

National Sunglasses Day is becoming more and more popular, especially as organizations like The Vision Council try to inform people about the dangers of UV exposure and why wearing sunglasses should be more than to just make a fashion statement. Time to put on those shades ….

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Today in History: Paul Colin born in 1892

Today in History: Paul Colin born in 1892

On this day in 1892, Paul Colin, prolific designer of art deco posters and stage sets was born in Nancy, France. Colin is considered to be among the masters of the modern French poster and may have created some 2000+ poster designs in his long career. He was the founder of the Paul Colin School of Design in Paris and continued working well into the 1970s. Colin passed away in 1985.

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Today in History: Mercedes becomes a registered brand name in 1902

Today in History: Mercedes becomes a registered brand name in 1902

On this day in 1902, German automobile manufacturer Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) registered “Mercedes” as a brand name (gaining full legal protection in September). The name was born out of a partnership between DMG founder, Gottlieb Daimler, and Austrian diplomat, Emil Jellinek, who ran a profitable business selling luxury cars. Jellinek had ordered cars from Daimler in the late 1890s and sold them to high society customers. But he also used them in racing events, entering them using the pseudonym “Mercedes,” the name of his elder daughter. In 1900, Jellinek entered an agreement with DMG to sell a new line of 4-cylinder automobiles suggesting they be called Mercedes. The first Mercedes was delivered in December of 1900: it had 35 hp, featured a steel chassis with a long wheelbase, an electric ignition system and a speed of 53 mph/85 kmh – the birth of the first modern automobile. The new car amazed the automobile world. Sales went through the roof and the Mercedes era had begun.

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Today is World Giraffe Day

Today is World Giraffe Day

World Giraffe Day is an annual celebration of the longest-necked animal on the longest day or night (depending on which hemisphere you live) of the year – June 21 – every year!

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