June 13, 1867 Construction engineer Gridley Bryant, who built the first commercial railroad in the United States, died at the age of 77 in Scituate, Massachusetts. Bryant was born in the seacoast town in 1789.  He demonstrated strong engineering abilities early on in life. Bryant recalled as an adult, "I was generally at the head... Continue Reading →

June 12, 1940 Naval architect Britton Chance, Jr., who earned considerable acclaim for his creative designs for high-speed yachts, was born in Philadelphia. He acquired a strong enthusiasm for maritime pursuits early on in life. This enthusiasm was hardly surprising in light of his family background; his father Britton Chance, Sr., along with being a... Continue Reading →

June 11, 1926 Automotive giant Henry Ford made history with another means of transportation when the Ford 4-AT-A Tri-Motor plane made its first public test flights. This pioneering aircraft had been designed and built by the Stout Metal Division of the Ford Motor Company in a remarkably short period of time, specifically just over four... Continue Reading →

June 10, 2010 One of the largest urban bicycle-sharing programs in the United States was introduced in Minneapolis. The Nice Ride Minnesota system took shape through the Twin Cities Bike Share Project, an initiative that had been formed in 2008 by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and the City of Lakes Nordic Ski Foundation. At the... Continue Reading →

June 7, 1975 In the Boston area, the first section of the Paul Dudley White Bicycle Path along the banks of the Charles River was formally opened. Construction on the route had begun in 1971. This initial segment of the path stretched between the Boston-based Museum of Science and the city of Watertown on the north... Continue Reading →

June 6, 1908 Construction officially began on the private toll road known as the Long Island Motor Parkway. The late-afternoon groundbreaking ceremony for the new motor vehicle route took place in what is now the Long Island hamlet of Bethpage. Approximately 500 people were in attendance, and they were formally welcomed by the Motor Parkway’s general manager... Continue Reading →

June 4, 1923 In Washington, D.C., dedication ceremonies were held for the permanent mile-marker monument known as the Zero Milestone (replacing a temporary version that had been put in place there a few years earlier). This monolith, which still stands in an area just south of the White House, was originally intended to serve as the... Continue Reading →

June 3, 1928 In Ohio, the city of Toledo became more fully integrated into the world of aviation with the establishment of a new airport. Toledo Municipal Airport was officially opened in a ceremony attended by approximately 30,000 to 50,000 individuals. The highlight of the ceremony took place when 14-year-old Nan Beth Jackson, the daughter... Continue Reading →

May 31, 1928 Australian aviator Charles Kingsford Smith departed Oakland, California, in a Fokker F.VIIb/3m trimotor monoplane for the first trans-Pacific flight. The others on board the plane, which was named the Southern Cross, were Charles Ulm, organizing manager of the flight and co-pilot; Harry Lyon, navigator; and James Warner, radio operator. Over the next... Continue Reading →

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