Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company and the man that is widely considered to have put America on wheels, would have been 150 years young today. Naturally, there are celebrations at Ford's Dearborn headquarters, and the state of Michigan has declared today, July 30, 2013, Henry Ford Day.
While Ford's flaws are well documented, his institution of the moving assembly line and $5 work day were largely responsible for the middle class explosion in Detroit during the 1910s and 1920s, while vertical integration in his production contributed even further to the affordability of Ford's products. Ford's company was also a key component of the Arsenal of Democracy, with the company's Willow Run Assembly Plant one of the crown jewels of war-time production.
Besides celebrations in Michigan, Ford facilities around the globe are celebrating the 150th anniversary of its founder's birth. Ford's German outlet is holding five road rallies over the course of 2013, while 21 markets in the Asia Pacific region have converted showrooms into displays celebrating Ford's history, as part of Ford Heritage month. There will be more celebrations in the coming months, as well.
Have a look through the gallery above for lots of historical photos of Henry Ford, as well as celebrations taking place in other parts of the world.