Add Your Piece of History… 23rd July

23 Jul
  • On this day in 1903.  The Ford motor company sells its first ever car.   Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, was born on 30 July 1863 in Michigan, USA.  Dr. Ernst Pfenning of Chicago, Illinois, became the first owner of a Ford Model A.

 

  • On this day in 1962.   Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser becomes the first woman to swim 100m freestyle in under one minute.  Dawn Fraser was born on the 4th September 1937 in Balmain, New South Wales, Australia.  She was 15 years old when coach Harry Gallagher noted her exceptional swimming talent and took her under his wing, preparing her for the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.  Between 1956 and 1964, Fraser broke the women’s world record for the 100 metre freestyle 9 successive times.

 

  • On this day in 1986.  Prince Andrew marries Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey.  Together the Duke and Duchess of York have two children, Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York, born 8 August 1988 and Her Royal  Highness Princess Eugenie of York, born 23 March 1990.  The Duke and Duchess of York divorced in May 1996.

 

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)

 

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson (Photo credit: Burns Library, Boston College)

 

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