Add Your Piece of History… 16th June

16 Jun
  • On this day in 1824.  The RSPCA is founded in England.  The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is a charity that promotes animal welfare.
  • On this day in 1903.  Henry Ford founds the Ford Motor Company.  In 1896, Ford invented the Quadricyle, the first horseless carriage that he produced.  When first introduced, the Model T, also known as Tin Lizzie, cost only $850 at it is commonly believe they were available only in black.  In actuality, black was not an introductory colour.  Early cars were available in green, red, blue and grey.  Later after 1913, they were available only in black.  Only 11 cars were produced in the first month, by 1914 the assembly process had become so streamlined that it took only 93 minutes to assemble a car.  Improved assembly line technique and volume brought the price of the Model T down to about $300 by the 1920’s
  • On this day in 1963.  The soviets launch the first woman into space.  Lieutenant Valentina Tereshkova, born 6 March 1937, became the first woman in space.  She was the fifth Russian cosmonaut to go into the Earth’s orbit when her spaceship Vostok VI was launched on the 16th of June 1963.  She completed 49 orbits of the Earth in 2 days, 22 hours and 50 minutes.  Even though there were plans for further female flights, it was 19 years before the second woman, Svetlana Savitskaya, flew into space.

Please feel free to add your piece of history (something personal or general history).

Portrait of Henry Ford (ca. 1919)

Portrait of Henry Ford (ca. 1919) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ford assembly line, 1913.

Ford assembly line, 1913. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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One Response to “Add Your Piece of History… 16th June”

  1. Blathering June 17, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

    And sadly now Ford is about to close its operations in Geelong and Broadmeadows, ending an era of manufacturing their cars in Australia.

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