William E. Boeing, founder of the Boeing aircraft company,
was born in Detroit, Michigan. Born on October 1, 1881, William
Boeing was the son of a wealthy lumberman of Detroit, Michigan.
Young William grew up in Detroit before going to Yale University.
However, he never finished his studies there. Instead, he moved to the
state Washington, built his own lumbering business, and used that
money to finance the creation and early operation of the Boeing
Airplane Company. Though William Boeing died in 1956, the company he
founded continues to be one of the largest producers of aircraft.
first production Model T Ford was assembled at Detroit's Piquette
Avenue Plant. The first production Model T Ford was built at the
Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit on October 1, 1908. Over the next
nineteen years, Ford would build fifteen million automobiles with the
Model T engine. This was the longest run of any single model, with the
exception of the Volkswagen Beetle. From 1908-1927, the Model T
endured few changes to its design. By producing an affordable and
readily available automobile, Henry Ford succeeded in his quest to
produce a car for ordinary people.
Actor George Peppard was born in Detroit, Michigan.
George Peppard was born in Detroit and graduated from Fordson High
School in Dearborn Michigan. He began his acting career as a
radio performer and stock player, and studied at New York's Actors'
Studio while working on Broadway and in television. In time, he became
a popular leading man, and stared in many films, including The
Strange One (1957), Pork Chop Hill (1959), Home From the Hill (1960),
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), How the West Was Won (1962), The
Victors (1963), and The Carpetbaggers (1964). During much of the 1970s
and 1980s, Peppard specialized in television. Indeed, he achieved great
success with series such as "Banacek" (1972-74), "Doctors Hospital"
(1975-76), and "The A-Team" (1983-87).
A US Air Force F-84 Thunderjet burst into flames and
crashed at the Wayne County Airport. On October 1, 1950, a US Air
Force F-84 Thunderjet burst into flames and crashed at the Wayne
County Airport. Luckily, the pilot, Lt. William P. Martin, was able to
walk away from the crash with only minor cuts and bruises. Hundreds
of motorists and airport visitors witnessed the near-tragedy as the
jet had burst into flames and crashed midway into its takeoff. It
never left the ground. The following morning, Lt. Martin left by plane
for his home in Austin, Texas.