Archive for December 1st, 2007

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On This Day 12-1

1913 – Ford Motor Co. began using a new movable assembly line that ushered in the era of mass production.

1913 – The first drive-in automobile service station opened, in Pittsburgh, PA.

1942 – In the U.S., nationwide gasoline rationing went into effect.

1952 – In Denmark, it was announced that the first successful sex-change operation had been performed.

1955 – Rosa Parks, a black seamstress in Montgomery, AL, refused to give up her seat to a white man. Mrs. Parks was arrested marking a milestone in the civil rights movement in the U.S.

1961 – Brian Epstein met with Decca representatives to discuss a deal for the Beatles.

1969 – The U.S. government held its first draft lottery since World War II.

1984 – A remote-controlled Boeing 720 jetliner was deliberately crashed into California’s Mojave Desert to test an anti-flame fuel additive. The test proved to be disappointing.

1989 – East Germany’s Parliament abolished the Communist Party’s constitutional guarantee of supremacy.

1998 – Exxon announced that it was buying Mobil for $73.7 billion creating the largest company in the world to date.

When you cross the line
You’re one step closer to my heart
– Ratt, Closer To My Heart

The mistakes are all waiting to be made.
– chessmaster Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower, on the game’s opening position.

Capital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime as charity is wrong as a cure for poverty.
Henry Ford




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