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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for July 30

Thu, 07/29/2010 - 8:46pm
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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for July 30

WASHINGTON, July 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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FRIDAY, JULY 30: HENRY FORD

Profile AmericaFriday, July 30th.  Today marks the birthday of a man who changed the face of American industry.  Henry Ford was born in 1863 in Dearborn, Michigan.  He built his first automobile in 1896 and in 1908, introduced the Model T, an immediate hit which literally put America on wheels.  To meet demand, Ford developed the assembly line, which cut the time to build each car from over 12 hours to just 90 minutes.  At one point, half of all the cars in America were Model Ts — all of them painted black — which sold for as little as $300.  Today, the average cost of a new car at one of the nation's 20,000 dealerships is just over $23,000.  You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.

Sources:  Chase's Calendar of Events 2010, p. 392

Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 1023, 1026

Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).  

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