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 This Month in Ford History

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October 1, 1908: Ford Model T introduced

October 1, 1908: First overseas sales branch opens in Paris, France
October 1, 1911: Ford opens an assembly plant in Manchester, England, the first outside the United States
October 1, 1931: Production begins at Ford's Dagenham Plant in England — Europe's largest factory in 1931
October 1, 1965: Ford Bronco introduced

October 1, 1982: Henry Ford II retires as company officer
October 2, 1930: Henry Ford lays foundation stone for the Cologne plant — a 68-acre site in the Niehl district, Germany

October 2, 1939: Lincoln Continental debuts in North America
October 3, 1961: UAW begins first company-wide strike against Ford, which ends on October 20, 1961 with a three-year contract
October 4, 1995: Ford, Son Cong Diesel and Vietnam government break ground on joint venture assembly plant

October 4, 1999: Ford announces that it is requiring ISO 14001 certification from all of its suppliers with manufacturing facilities

October 6, 1938: Mercury cars introduced in North America
October 7, 1913: World's first moving automotive assembly line begins operation at Highland Park Plant, Michigan

October 8, 1917: Ford Motor Company's first mass-produced tractor, the Fordson, rolls off the production line
October 8, 1977: Ford Fairmont and Mercury Zephyr introduced
October 8, 1996: 250-millionth Ford vehicle assembled
October 9, 1952: William Clay Ford appointed manager of Special Products Operations
October 9, 2001: Ford Escape sets sales record for small SUVs in 2001

October 10, 1901: Ford Racing begins with entry of the car Sweepstakes in a Detroit Driving Club race in Grosse Pointe, Michigan
October 10, 1985: Ford Motor Company buys Sperry New Holland, maker of combines and specialty farm equipment
October 11, 1998: Ford unveils two new rally cars — Puma VK14 and Puma VK16 — in Italy
October 12, 1961: Ford Fairlane introduced as 1962 model
October 13, 1998: Ford Motor Company and ZF Friedrichshafen AG announce their intention to form a joint venture to produce Continuously Variable Automatic Transmissions (CVTs) at Ford's Batavia Transmission Plant in Ohio
October 14, 1983: Ford acquires 30% equity interest in its dealer-assembler in Otosan, Turkey

October 14, 1994: Ford Motor Company and Mahindra & Mahindra set up joint venture to assemble vehicles in India
October 15, 1977: CL-9000 line-haul diesel truck goes on sale

October 15, 1979: William Clay Ford Jr. joins Ford Motor Company as product planning analyst
October 17, 2000: Ford Rally Transit, a limited edition sporty model, is revealed at the 2000 British International Motor Show
October 17, 2000: Mazda begins production of the right-hand-drive Tribute, its new SUV, in Japan

October 19, 1976: Eleanor Clay Ford, wife of Edsel Ford, dies at age 80

October 20, 1927: Henry Ford hand stamps first Model A engine
October 20, 1998: Jaguar's new S-TYPE sports saloon makes its world debut at the Birmingham International Motor Show
October 20, 1998: Visteon achieves automotive industry 'world first' by providing the new Jaguar S-Type with voice activation technology

October 20, 1999: Ford Focus is introduced in Japan

October 21, 1929: Henry Ford and Thomas Edison dedicate the Edison Institute (the legal name for Henry Ford Museum)
October 21, 1955: Continental Mark II introduced in showrooms

October 21, 1998: Royal Automobile Association of South Australia names new Ford Falcon best Family Car of the Year in the $25,000-$40,000 category

October 22, 1906: Henry Ford succeeds John Gray as company president and acquires majority of stock

October 22, 1945: Lincoln-Mercury Division established

October 22, 1954: Two-seat Ford Thunderbird introduced in North America

October 23, 1958: One 1909 Model T is produced at the Mahwah Assembly Plant to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Model T

October 24, 1990: Ford Aerospace Corporation sold to Loral Corporation for $715 million

October 25, 1976: Valencia, Spain manufacturing and assembly complex dedicated by Henry Ford II with King Juan Carlos in attendance
October 25, 1999: Jaguar Cars announces that it has surpassed its long-standing, single-year sales record in the United States

October 25, 2000: Ford donates $5 million to Princeton University's Environmental Institute for research on carbon and greenhouse gas issues

October 26, 2001: Ford introduces diesel-powered research vehicle that will meet California's Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II standards
October 27, 1927: Ford Model A production begins at Rouge Assembly Plant

October 27, 2000: Ford announces it will donate $1.4 million to the San Diego Environment Foundation (SDEF) for the preservation, protection and enhancement of the San Elijo Lagoon in San Diego
October 29, 2001: Production launch of Th!nk neighbor low-speed electric vehicle

October 30, 2001: William Clay Ford Jr. named CEO and continues as chairman of the board

October 31, 1989: Ford Motor Company acquires The Associates financial services company
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