Have You Heard? – January 5, 2016

Have You Heard, it was 102 years ago today (1/5/1914) that Henry Ford established a “minimum wage” for a 40-hour work week.
Ford paid what he called his workers a “living wage” of $5 a day, which was twice what the average auto worker of the day made.
In 2016 money, that comes to $14.84 per hour.
Right now, the hourly wage for a new Ford assembly line worker is just over $18 an hour.

Robert Duvall and Diane Keaton co-starred in the first two Godfather films (Keaton was also in Godfather Part III) and they both celebrate birthdays today.
Duvall won the Best Actor Academy Award for his work in Tender Mercies (1983) and was nominated for six other acting Oscars.
He’s 85 today.

Keaton won the Best Actress Academy Award for her work in Annie Hall (1977) and was nominated for three other acting Oscars.
She’s 70 today.

Three-time Academy Award-nominated actor Bradley Cooper is 41 today.

President Nixon ordered the start of the space shuttle program 44 years ago today (1/5/1972).
This came a little less than a year before the Apollo program ended.
The shuttle program lasted 39 years, with the actual flights spanning a 30-year span from 1981 to 2011.
In all, there were 135 shuttle launches. 133 of those missions ended well.

Mr. Ed, a sitcom centering around a talking horse, premiered 55 years ago today (1/5/1961) in syndication.
CBS picked it up in October of 1961.

Sonny Bono was 62 when he died in a skiing accident 18 years ago today.

Madonna had 12 number-one hits.
Her ninth was “Justify My Love” and it hit number-one 25 years ago today (1/5/1991).

Today is also “National Bird Day,” “Whipped Cream Day” and the “12th Day of Christmas.”

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