About two years after the Civil War ended, a milestone in the continuing civil rights struggles of African-Americans took place in Philadelphia, and it involved the city’s transportation network. On March 25, 1867, schoolteacher Caroline LeCount (1846-1923) attempted -- as she had on previous occasions -- to board one of Philadelphia’s horse-drawn streetcars traditionally not... Continue Reading →

December 19, 1918 Construction began on a lighthouse within the region of Tierra del Fuego that is part of Argentina. Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse was specifically built on an islet in the Beagle Channel as a navigational aid for vessels sailing to and from Ushuaia, which is one of the world’s southernmost cities. The islet where... Continue Reading →

October 29, 1987 A new trolleybus system was inaugurated in Mongolia’s capital city of Ulaanbaatar (also known as Ulan Bator). These trolleybuses have become a heavily used part of the city’s overall transit network, which also includes regular bus lines and a hodge-podge of privately owned passenger vans that are collectively called “microbuses.” The sometimes... Continue Reading →

August 5, 1919 A week after the U.S. Army’s Cross-Country Motor Transport Train had traveled across the Missouri River to enter Nebraska, it continued to make its way through the Cornhusker State. Early on the morning of Tuesday, August 5, the convoy’s participants left North Platte after spending two nights there. The expedition’s efforts to... Continue Reading →

July 22, 1919 With more than two-thirds of its transcontinental journey remaining, the U.S. Army’s Cross-Country Motor Transport Train completed the Illinois portion of the trip. The convoy had arrived in DeKalb the previous afternoon, camping for the night at Annie’s Woods public park and receiving an enthusiastic welcome from the city’s residents. Approximately 3,000... Continue Reading →

April 3, 1933 New heights in transportation were attained when the first two flights over Mount Everest took place. Royal Auxiliary Air Force (RAuxAF) Flight Lieutenant Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, Marquess of Douglas and Clydesdale (and later the 14th Duke of Hamilton), was the chief pilot for this ambitious aeronautical expedition above Earth's highest mountain. He flew... Continue Reading →

In 1861, Harriet Colfax was appointed by the U.S. Congress to serve as keeper of the Michigan City Lighthouse in Indiana. At the time, that structure -- located on the shore of Lake Michigan -- had been serving as a guide for vessels in the region for about three years. (The lighthouse replaced one was... Continue Reading →

Ida Lewis, who helped her invalid father Captain Hosea Lewis of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service operate Lime Rock Lighthouse in Rhode Island’s Newport Harbor, achieved national renown in 1869 when she rescued two soldiers from icy waters.   The soldiers, Sergeant James Adams and Private John McLaughlin, were traveling through Newport Harbor in a... Continue Reading →

During the final year of World War II, the Red Ball Express proved to be a vital truck convoy system after the Allies broke out from the D-Day beaches in Normandy and steadily advanced towards Germany. The Red Ball Express was formally launched by the U.S. Army Transportation Corps on August 25, 1944, and over... Continue Reading →

Andre'-Gustave Citroen February 5, 1878 André-Gustave Citroën, one of France’s leading automobile manufacturers, was born in Paris. Citroën developed a strong interest in becoming an engineer early on, reportedly due to such inspirations as French writer Jules Verne’s adventure novels and their focus on technological marvels.   Citroën, who graduated from the prestigious École Polytechnique just... Continue Reading →

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