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MOVIE MUSTANG GOES UP FOR AUCTION

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(FoxNews) – Sean Kiernan may get as much as $4 million for a piece of 
Hollywood history that his father, Bob, acquired for just $3,500 and
refused to sell to
Steve McQueen, the actor who drove it in the 1968
action film "Bullitt."

When the classic-car insurer Hagerty sent car expert Kevin Marti to
authenticate the vehicle, he couldn’t believe his eyes, according to a 
New York Times report: “Ninety-eight percent of the original car is
there,” Marti told Hagerty. “It’s an incredible artifact.”

Since ‘Bullitt’s’ release, the 1968 Highland Green Mustang has become
one of the best-known vehicles shown on the big screen. McQueen
himself even tracked down Bob Kiernan in 1977 and wrote him a letter
asking to buy the muscle car back, according to the Times.

“I would like very much to keep it in the family, in its original condition
as it was used in the film, rather than have it restored, which is simply
personal with me," McQueen wrote in the missive detailed by the Times
which reported that Bob Kiernan never wrote McQueen back.

Sean Kiernan of Nashville stands next to the Ford Mustang GT 390 driven by Steve McQueen in the cult classic film "Bullitt." Kiernan's family has owned the car since 1974. Here, it was part of the 10 millionth Mustang celebration at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn on Aug. 8, 2018.
Sean Kiernan of Nashville stands next to the Ford Mustang GT 390
driven by Steve McQueen in the cult classic film "Bullitt."

Steve McQueen, starring in the title role of
Steve McQueen, starring in the title role of "Bullitt," steps out of his
car after a pursuit through the hilly streets of San Francisco.

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SIT- DOWN STRIKE BEGAN ON THIS DAY IN 1936

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In one of the first sit-down strikes in the United States, autoworkers occupied
the General Motors Fisher Body Plant Number One in Flint,
Michigan. The autoworkers were striking to win recognition of the United Auto Workers
(UAW) as the only bargaining agent for GM’s workers; they also wanted to
make the company stop sending work to non-union plants and to establish
a fair minimum wage scale, a grievance system and a set of procedures that
would help protect assembly-line workers from injury. In all, the strike lasted
44 days.

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General Motors’ workers celebrate the end of the historic Flint Sit-
Down Strike in 1937. As a result, 100,000 workers gained the right
to union representation.

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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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Jodie Foster in "Courtship of Eddie’s Father”, 1969.

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Alicia Christian "Jodie" Foster is 57 today.

Actress, director, and producer Jodie Foster has received
two
Academy Awards, three British Academy Film Awards,
two
Golden Globe Awards, and the Cecil B. DeMille Award
along with a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for
her work as a director.

Foster began her professional career as a child model when
she was three years old, and she made her acting debut in
1968 in the television sitcom Mayberry R.F.D. In the late
1960s and early 1970s (below).

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Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver (1976).
Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver (1976).

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Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins in
The Silence of the Lambs (1991).


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October 14, 1991

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FAST ASSEMBLY LINE ON THIS DAY IN 1913

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For the first time, Henry Ford’s entire Highland Park, Michigan automobile
factory is run on a continuously moving assembly line when the chassis–
the automobile’s frame–is assembled using the revolutionary industrial
technique. A motor and rope pulled the chassis past workers and parts
on the factory floor, cutting the man-hours required to complete one
“Model T” from 12-1/2 hours to six. Within a year, further assembly line improvements reduced the time required to 93 man-minutes.

The staggering increase in productivity effected by Ford’s use of the
moving assembly line allowed him to drastically reduce the cost of
the
Model T, thereby accomplishing his dream of making the car
affordable to ordinary consumers.

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Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947)

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On this day in 1962, Johnny Carson began hosting the “Tonight”
show on NBC television. He was introduced by Groucho Marx
(left) who warmed up the audience with a 15-minute monologue.

Jack Paar was the previous host of the show. Carson stayed with
the late night talk show for nearly 30 years. 

Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon in The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)

Johnny Carson with second banana Ed McMahon (left).

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Talk show host Johnny Carson wipes his eye after
watching a series of clips from earlier shows during
the last taping of the "Tonight Show" in 1992.

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