Welcome to some facts about the first U.S Driver's license.
German inventor Karl Benz patented what is generally regarded as the first
modern car. Less than two decades later, in 1903, Massachusetts and Missouri
became the first states to require a driver’s license, although it wasn’t
necessary to pass a test to obtain one. In 1908, Henry Ford launched the Model
T, the first affordable automobile for many middle-class Americans. (In 1919,
when Ford’s native state of Michigan started issuing driver’s licenses, he got
his first one at age 56.) The same year the Model T debuted, Rhode Island
became the first state to require both a license and a driver’s exam
(Massachusetts instituted a chauffeur exam in 1907 and started requiring tests
for all other drivers in 1920).
now known for its car culture, started requiring licenses in 1913 and exams in
1927. However, it took several decades for licenses and tests to be adopted by
all states. In 1930, only 24 states required a license to drive a car and just
15 states had mandatory driver’s exams. South Dakota was the last state to
begin issuing licenses (without exams), in 1954. Additionally, a handful of
states didn’t impose driver’s tests until the 1950s, including Alaska (1956),
Arizona (1951), Idaho (1951), Illinois (1953), Missouri (1952) and Wisconsin
(1956). In 1959, South Dakota became the final state to institute a driver’s
license was long considered a rite of passage for many American teenagers;
however, in recent years the number of young people who are legal to drive has
declined. Around 77 percent of Americans between the ages of 20 and 24 had
driver’s licenses in 2014, compared with almost 92 percent in 1983, according
to a 2016 report by the University of Michigan Transportation Research
Institute. Among 16 year olds, less than 25 percent had licenses in 2014, down
from about 46 percent in 1983. Although the study didn’t cite specific reasons
for the drop, other research has suggested that contributing factors include
new transportation options as well as the Internet, which has made it possible
for people to socialize and shop online instead of getting in a car to do so.
Welcome to some background on Charles Aznavour - singer, songwriter, actor, public activist and
diplomat. Aznavour is known for his unique tenor voice: clear and
ringing in its upper reaches, with gravelly and profound low notes.
may no longer be with us, but we still have France’s equivalent. Charles
Aznavour is among history’s most prolific and successful vocal artists and a
revered figure in French pop music. The French-Armenian is also, in all
probability, the most famous individual of Armenian descent in the world.
Born in the
Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood of Paris’s sixth arrondissement (the
epicenter of the Existentialist movement in the 1950s), Aznavour’s life in
entertainment was determined early on.
He dropped out of school at the age of
nine to focus on performing. The bold choice allowed him to hone his skills as
an actor, singer, and dancer before he even entered his teens. When he was old
enough, he transitioned into nightclub singing and was a seasoned pro at 22
when the legendary Édith Piaf discovered the tenor and invited him on tour.
Piaf would be
a tremendous influence on Aznavour, who opened frequently for her at the iconic
Moulin Rouge. She helped the young singer train his voice, ultimately preparing
for his development into one of the most prolific vocalists of the 20th
Century. Once the hits started coming, they came fast and furious. What’s more,
they never let up. Aznavour’s versatility as a singer was highlighted by his
multilingualism, a fact which allowed him to record songs in no fewer than
discography is a thing of humbling enormity. In 1953, Aznavour began a run of
productivity that, at present, includes 50 studio albums, 58 EPs, 18 Live
albums, more than 180 million units sold, more than 80 films acted, and an
estimated total of 1200 songs written.
Aznavour is as
well recognized for his efforts as an Armenian statesman and dignitary. In
addition to being a member of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, Aznavour is a
Permanent Delegate of Armenia to UNESCO and the U.N., as well as Armenia’s
ambassador to Switzerland. Voters around the world also saw fit, in 1998, to
name him as Entertainer of the Century in a CNN/Time Magazine poll.
remarkable than any of these accomplishments is the fact that in2014, at the
ripe age of 90, Aznavour embarked on his most recent tour.
Clancy's comment: A man with a haunting voice. Still performing at 90! Wow.