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***TODAY IN HISTORY*** September 1, 1897 North America’s first underground rapid transit opens.On this day September 1st, in 1897, the Boston Subway opens. It is North America’s first underground railway system, and it was built because the streetcar congestion got so bad in Boston that there was no more space for further rail lines at street level.

On this day in 1984, 21-year-old Vanessa Williams gives up her Miss America title, the first resignation in the pageant's history, after Penthouse announces plans to publish nude photos of her in its September issue. Williams originally made history on September 17, 1983, when she became the first black woman to win the Miss America crown. Miss New Jersey, Suzette Charles, the first runner-up and also an African American, assumed Williams' tiara for the two months that remained of her reign.

Dorchester/ Boston, MA, Snow and Streetcar/ Paul Daley Frank Norton/ 1940s

Streetcar in Boston, Massachusetts with hitchhiking kid on the back. 1909, Lewis W. Hine. (1874 - 1940)

This PCC streetcar bound for Boston College on Comm. Ave., Brighton during the Blizzard of 1978 almost made it.

***TODAY IN HISTORY***SEPT 29, 1982 The Tylenol MurdersOn this day in 1982, a sick 12-year-old girl in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, unwittingly takes an Extra-Strength Tylenol capsule laced with cyanide poison and dies later that day. She would be one of seven people to die suddenly after taking the popular over-the-counter medication, as the so-called Tylenol murders spread fear across America. However, a positive outcome of the crisis was that it led drug makers to develop tamper-proof…

Sep 2, 1969: First ATM opens for business On this day in 1969, America's first automatic teller machine (ATM) makes its public debut, dispensing cash to customers at Chemical Bank in Rockville Center, New York. ATMs went on to revolutionize the banking industry, eliminating the need to visit a bank to conduct basic financial transactions.

***TODAY IN HISTORY*** August 29, in 1965 the Gemini V spacecraft, piloted by Charles “Pete” Conrad, Jr. and L. Gordon Cooper, Jr. splashed down after a successful mission into the Atlantic ocean.Unlike the modern space shuttles of today, the cabin section of the Gemini ship was about the size of the front seat of the Volkswagen Beetle. The two men sat and slept side by side for the entire 8day duration. Conrad was only half joking when he dubbed the mission “Eight days in a garbage can.”

Streetcar Suburbs: The Process of Growth in Boston, 1870-1900 by Sam Bass Warner