On this date in 1654, America's first toll-bridge opened in Rowley, Massachusetts.
People crossed for free, but there was a charge for animals. Very few had correct change.
Most people weren't that upset about it, because they never used it. They felt they'd cross that bridge when they came to it.

In 1830, the first regular steam train passenger service began. Not only did you get to where you wanted to go, but it took care of all the wrinkles in your clothes and cooking rice.

On this date in 1919, the first airline passenger service began. You could buy a ticket, hop on board a plane and enjoy non-stop service for up to 735 feet.

In 1921, West Virginia became the first state to charge an income tax. So, we can blame them for the idea. Owners of boats with sails were extremely upset until the concept was properly explained.

On this date in 1944, meat rationing ended in the United States. That's when the phrase, "Beef -- it's what's for dinner" returned. During the rationing, the phrase was changed to "Beef -- in your dreams!"


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