1908 Henry Ford introduced the Model T. (See July 30th entry.) 1918 The Lost Battalion was trapped in the Argonne Forest.
1939 Winston Churchill made a mysterious forecast.
There was a famous American First World War fighting unit known as the Lost Battalion. It earned its name when trapped in the Argonne Forest of France— surrounded by the Germans—on this day in 1918. The unit members held out against unbelievable odds until they were rescued on October 8th.
On this day in 1908, Henry Ford introduced the Model T automobile, known affectionately as the Tin Lizzie. Model T manufacture employed assembly lines, interchangeable parts, and mass production—unlike its custom-built European counterparts such as the Mercedes and the Bugatti. Even though Ford borrowed some of his production methods from Eli Whitney and other inventors, he was the first to apply it to such a complex piece of machinery that appealed to so many people.
History records that on this date in 1939, Winston Churchill said, “I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” Churchill was wise to admit that no crystal ball or logical progression could predict the future actions of something and someone over whom he exerted no control.