On this day: November 19

POSTED: 09:37 PM PST Nov 15, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Nov 18, 2015 

Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address, Ford discontinues the Edsel, Rocky and Bullwinkle make their debut, Milli Vanilli lose their Grammy, and the first Wii goes on sale, all on this day.

OTD November 19 - Edsel
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1959: The Ford Motor Company announces the discontinuation of the unpopular Edsel model. However, production would continue until late November, with a final tally of 2,846 1960 models being produced. Over the three-year life of the car, Ford sold about 84,000 Edsels, less than half its projected break-even point, and lost about $350 million, or $2 billion in today's dollars.


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