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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 Williams originally made history on September 17, 1983, when she became the first black woman to win the Miss America crown.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.

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

Jul 8, 1776: Philadelphia, the Liberty Bell rings out from the tower of the Pennsylvania State House summoning citizens to the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. On July 4, document was adopted by delegates to the Continental Congress meeting in the State House. However, the Liberty Bell, which states "Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land unto All the Inhabitants Thereof," was not rung until the Declaration of Independence returned from the printer on July 8.

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.

FLASHBACK: Stuck PCC Streetcars during the Blizzard of '78. MBTA Boston | BostInno