On this date in 1652, America's first traffic law went into effect prohibiting riding horses "at the gallop" in the New Amsterdam settlement.
  • That eventually became New York and, even if there were still horses on the streets, there's no way they'd be able to ever get up to gallop speed.
  • The speed limit was 3 miles an hour, which, if you drive in New York, you know is still in effect today.
  • Of course, it wasn't long until the speed trap was invented.

It was on this date in 1847 that New York and Boston were linked by telegraph wires. The very first message, of course, was "-.-- .- -. -.- . . ... / ... ..- -.-. -.-" which translates into "Yankees suck."

On this date in 1882, the bank of Japan was established, if you're wondering yen.

In 1934, the Federal Savings And Loan Association was created. Remember, without it, we never could have had the collapse.

On this date in 1955, Illinois became the first state to require seat belts. Actually, in the first bill, it was seat belts and garters. Times were different.

In 1966, the daytime soap "Dark Shadows" debuted on ABC-TV. To give "Twilight" fans an idea of how long ago that way, it was back when Edward was wearing training fangs.


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