The Telegraph | Our Past: All aboard the Capitol


Long after necessary travel by packet boats were supplanted by the automobile and mass transit systems, the steamboat was a major resource for travel and entertainment. Area residents here are aboard the steamer Capitol on June 7, 1931.

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This day in history:

1950 – Darlington Raceway is the site of the inaugural Southern 500, the first 500-mile NASCAR race.

1951 – The first live transcontinental television broadcast takes place in San Francisco, from the Japanese Peace Treaty Conference.

1957 – American Civil Rights Movement: Little Rock Crisis: Orval Faubus, governor of Arkansas, calls out the National Guard to prevent African-American students from enrolling in Central High School.

1957 – The Ford Motor Company introduces the Edsel.

1970 – Salvador Allende is elected President of Chile.

1972 – Mark Spitz becomes the first competitor to win seven medals at a single Olympic Games.

1977 – The Golden Dragon massacre takes place in San Francisco.

1985 – The discovery of Buckminsterfullerene, the first fullerene molecule of carbon.

1998 – Google is founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University.

2001 – Tokyo DisneySea opens to the public as part of the Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan.

2002 – The Oakland Athletics win their 20th consecutive game, an American League record.

Long after necessary travel by packet boats were supplanted by the automobile and mass transit systems, the steamboat was a major resource for travel and entertainment. Area residents here are aboard the steamer Capitol on June 7, 1931.

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