1. 2005: The last Ford Thunderbird rolls of the assembly line
As a response to the popularity of the Chevy Corvette released in 1953, Ford raced to get the Thunderbird ready for sale in 1955. It was an immediate hit and sold more than 14,000 cars in its first year, which dominated the Corvette sales of only 700. The Thunderbird would continue to be built until 1997 when Ford decided to discontinue the very popular car. However in 2002, Ford threw the market a curveball by bringing back a modern retro version of the original T-Bird. With its distinctive styling cues that immediately identify as a Thunderbird but also maintaining sleek modern body lines, the new T-Bird was a hit. Neiman Marcus got their hands on 200 of the new Thunderbirds and put them up for sale in their Christmas catalog. Pricing was right around $42,000 each, and within 2 hours they had sold out completely. However, due to inconsistent sales Ford decided to discontinue the T-Bird. On this date in 2005, the very last one would roll of the assembly line.
2. 1984: The PG-13 rating is used for the first time.
The Motion Picture Association of America, or MPAA, is the group responsible for the movie rating system used today. The intention is to give movie goers somewhat of an idea what kind of film they are walking into. On this date in 1984, the MPAA added a new rating to the list, PG-13. It was designed to fill the gap between the PG movies and full-blown rated R films. The first movie to have the PG-13 rating was Red Dawn starring Charlie Sheen and Patrick Swayze, which was released August 10, 1984.
3. 1979: The first Sony Walkman is sold
On this date in 1979, the first portable personal electronic cassette player goes on sale. It was built by the Sony and given the name “Walkman,” which was obviously clever because you could walk around with it while listening to your favorite music. Prior to the release of the Walkman, the only portable music device was the transistor radio. The only problem with it was the audio quality was nothing compared to how a record would sound on your home stereo. Interestingly, the only reason the Walkman came about was to fill the need of then-chairman of Sony, Masaru Ibuka, who traveled a lot and was an avid music lover. He wanted something that was portable enough that he could take on the plane and be able to listen to his music. Less than two months after the release, they sold out of all available stock and were required to amp up production.