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GOVERNMENT CONTROL OF RAILROADS, 1917

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Thomas Woodrow Wilson (December 28, 1856 – February 3, 1924)

Eight months after the United States enters World War I on behalf of the Allies, President Woodrow Wilson (above) announced the nationalization of a large majority of the country’s railroads under the Federal Possession and Control
Act.

The U.S. entry into the war in April 1917 coincided with a downturn in the
fortunes of the nation’s railroads: rising taxes and operations costs,
combined with prices that were fixed by law, had pushed many railroad
companies into receivership as early as late 1915. A year later, in a last-
minute bill passed through Congress, Wilson had forced the railroad
management to accept union demands for an eight-hour work day. Still,
many skilled workers were leaving the cash-poor railroads to work in the
booming armaments industry or to enlist in the war effort.

By the end of 1917, it seemed that the existing railroad system was not up
to the task of supporting the war effort and Wilson decided on nationalization.

Two days after his announcement, the U.S. Railroad Administration (USRA)
seized control. William McAdoo, Wilson’s secretary of the treasury, was 
appointed Director General of Railroads. They were subsequently divided
into three divisions—East, West and South. Passenger services were
streamlined, eliminating a significant amount of inessential travel. Over
100,000 new railroad cars and 1,930 steam engines were ordered–designed
to the latest standards–at a total cost of $380 million.

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MOVIE LEGENDS SCOOTER UP FOR AUCTION

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Marlon Brando Jr.
(April 3, 1924 – July 1, 2004)


A vintage
Vespa ridden by Hollywood legend Marlon Brando – illegally –
while visiting Britain is to go under the hammer.

Double-Oscar winner Brando rode the iconic Italian scooter around
Berkshire – even though it was not registered in the
U.K.

Brando’s “fun runaround” belonged to his American movie producer
pal Elliot Kastner, who he worked with on 1976 American epic western
"Missouri Breaks."

Kastner, best known for producing World War Two classic Where Eagles
Dare, bought the 1976 Vespa in Rome for a film shoot. He later shipped
it to England where he owned Runnymede House, a country home in
Old Windsor, Berkshire.

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TRANSPORTATION TO ALL 48 STATES

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Greyhound Lines, Inc., usually shortened to Greyhound, is an
intercity bus common carrier serving over 3,800 destinations
across North America. The company’s first route began in
Hibbing, Minnesota in 1914, and the company adopted the
Greyhound name in 1929.

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TRAIN COLLISION ON THIS DAY IN 1962



Two commuter trains and a freight train collide near Tokyo, Japan,
killing more than 160 people and injuring twice that number.
  

The subsequent investigation into the accident resulted in the
indictment of nine of the freight train’s crew members for criminal negligence.

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NEWS THAT MADE HISTORY ON THIS DAY

today in history

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SANDY KOZEL

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Meet the Beatles! was the first US Beatles album to be issued by
Capitol Records in both mono and stereo formats. It topped the
popular album chart on 15 February 1964 and remained at the
number one spot for eleven weeks before being replaced by The
Beatles’
Second Album
.

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Sir Roderick (Rod) David Stewart is 73 years old today.


Rod Stewart released over 60 hit singles and, in 2008, was named the 17th
most successful artist on the The Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists.

In 2006, he won a Grammy Award for the best Best Traditional Pop Vocal
Album for Stardust…The Great American Songbook Volume III. He has a
star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame which was received in 2007.


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