Good morning, Whitewater.
A new month begins with an even chance of intermittent afternoon showers and a high of sixty-two. Sunrise is 6:53 AM and sunset 6:34 PM, for 11h 40m 48s of daytime. The moon is a new moon with .2% of its visible disk illuminated.
The Ford Model T (colloquially known as the Tin Lizzie, T?Model Ford, Model T, T, Leaping Lena, or flivver) is anautomobile that was produced by Ford Motor Company from October 1, 1908, to May 26, 1927. It is generally regarded as the first affordable automobile, the car that opened travel to the common middle-classAmerican; some of this was because of Ford’s efficient fabrication, including assembly line production instead of individual hand crafting.
The Ford Model T was named the most influential car of the 20th century in the 1999 Car of the Century competition, ahead of the BMC Mini, Citroën DS, and Volkswagen Type 1. With 16.5 million sold it stands eighth on the top ten list of most sold cars of all time as of 2012.
Although automobiles had already existed for decades, they were still mostly scarce and expensive at the Model T’s introduction in 1908. Positioned as reliable, easily maintained mass market transportation, it was a runaway success. In a matter of days after the release, 15,000 orders were placed. The first production Model T was produced on August 12, 1908 and left the factory on September 27, 1908, at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit, Michigan. On May 26, 1927, Henry Ford watched the 15 millionth Model T Ford roll off the assembly line at his factory in Highland Park, Michigan.
On this day in 1859, Abraham Lincoln speaks in Beloit:
On this date Abraham Lincoln, who had been invited by the Beloit Republican Club, delivered a political address in Hanchett’s Hall. [Source: History Just Ahead: A Guide to Wisconsin’s Historical Markers edited by Sarah Davis McBride, p.117]