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October 1

1881

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.

1908

Model TThe 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.

1928

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).

1950

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.