In 1936, the city of Spokane gave their last electric streetcar a Viking funeral: After its final trip, it was paraded through the city, then filled with hay bales and set ablaze, until finally "six pretty girls in bathing suits and firemen's red hats" put out the fire historylink.org/File/8088
In 1867, thousands of formerly enslaved African Americans in New Orleans protested and achieved desegregation of the city's streetcars, nearly 90 years before the bus boycotts in Montgomery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
Today I learned of the San Francisco victory riots of 1945, a night of uncontrolled looting and rioting following the news of the end of WW2, involving thousands of drunken soldiers and sailors, leading to 11 dead, 1,000 injured, and 30 streetcars disabled. sfgate.com/bayarea/articl…
Maya Angelou was San Francisco’s first black streetcar conductor wnyc.org/story/maya-angel…
Today I learned that when a streetcar hit a bus Frida Kahlo was on, she was impaled by a handrail, fracturing her spine and pelvis. Due to these severe injuries and the long recovery, Frida took up painting to pass the time. She is now considered to be one of Mexico's greatest artists. fridakahlo.org/frida-kahl…
Over a hundred years ago, virtually every American city had public streetcars that people took to work. That includes cities we don't think of as hubs for mass transit today, like Atlanta, Raleigh, and Los Angeles. Today, just 5 percent of U.S. workers commute via via public transit. vox.com/2015/5/7/8562007/…
The Stella Shouting Contest happens in New Orleans every year to commemorate Tennessee Williams and A Streetcar Named Desire youtu.be/bItJgkT9TWU
La Paz, Bolivia, uses aerial gondolas for city transportation instead of subways or streetcars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mi_…
Today I learned of Elizabeth Jennings Graham, a black woman who in 1854, insisted that she ride in a segregated streetcar. Her main lawyer, future president Chester A Arthur, won the case and all streetcars in New York became desegregated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
In 1989, Russian psychic E. Frenkel was run over by a train while attempting to stop it with his psychic-biological power, after previously β€˜successfully’ stopping a car and streetcar. aintnowaytogo.com/trainEs…
T-shirts have only existed since the late 1800's, and were not considered fashionable stand-alone garments until the 1950's when Marlon Brando wore one in the film "A Streetcar Named Desire" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-s…
In 2017 a "Wheel of Fortune" contestant lost because he had to solve "A STREETCAR NA_ED DESIRE" and he guessed "K" thinking that the missing word was "NAKED" hollywoodreporter.com/new…
Who framed Roger Rabbit is loosely based off of a true conspiracy by General Motors to purchase & dismantle streetcar systems in American cities between 1938-1950 wikipedia.org/wiki/Genera…
Companies such as General Motors (fronting as National City Lines) bought out companies that operated electric streetcars across the USA and fully replaced them with buses, which were reliant on foreign oil. brooklynrail.net/images/N…
The Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers were named for pedestrians that dodged streetcars in Brooklyn. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los…
In the 50s there was a Supreme Court case regarding whether or not public utilities playing radio music on buses/streetcars was an invasion of privacy or a violation of the passengers' constitutional rights. supreme.justia.com/cases/…
The abandonment of city streetcar systems in the mid-twentieth century led to accusations of conspiracy which held that a union of automobile, oil, and tire manufacturers shut down the streetcar systems in order to further the use of buses and automobiles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
Senator James Heflin shot a black man who approached his Washington streetcar. In subsequent campaigns, Heflin bragged of the shooting as one of his major career accomplishments. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
The underground streetcar system in San Francisco passes through the hull of a buried ship after tunnel boring crews discovered it when extending the line in the mid 1990s sfmta.com/about-sfmta/blo…
Rosa Parks wasn’t the first African American to defy authority on public transportation. On July 16, 1865 Elizabeth Jennings boarded and refused to leave a whites only horse drawn streetcar. wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizab…
The first ride-sharing service, Jitney, started in 1914 as a solution to the long queue for riding streetcars. Jitneys provided more flexible stops and charged lesser fares. Fearing competition, the transportation monopoly of streetcar companies got city governments to ban or limit them. ted.com/talks/travis_kala…
Tennessee Williams, famous 20th century playwright and author of The Glass Menagerie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and A Streetcar Named Desire, choked to death from inhaling the plastic cap of a bottle of nasal spray. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten…
Maya Angelou became San Francisco's first black streetcar conductor at age 16. When asked why she wanted the job, she replied, "I like the uniforms. I like people." wnyc.org/story/maya-angel…
There's a municipal streetcar route that has stops in three different countries citylab.com/transportatio…
Seattle's South Lake Union Streetcar is popularly known as SLUT, which is used on unofficial merchandise sold by South Lake Union businesses en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
Before Rosa Parks there was Charlotte L Brown, educator and activist, who filed a lawsuit and won over being removed from a segregated streetcar in San Francisco, 1863, paving the way for racial integration yet relatively unheard of. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
American playwright and author Tennessee Williams (A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) choked to death when he swallowed a cap from a bottle of eye drops he frequently used. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten…
Maya Angelou was the first black female streetcar conductor in San Francisco en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May…
There used to be a vast streetcar system connecting the boroughs in New York, but it was dismantled by oil and auto companies in the 1940s m.theatlanticcities.com/c…
The Houston Streetcar has averaged one collision every twelve days. youtube.com/watch?v=OwcYc…
In 1853, Future-President Chester A. Arthur successfully represented a black woman who sued a streetcar company for kicking her out of the white section of a streetcar millercenter.org/presiden…
The LA Dodgers (once Brooklyn) were called "the Robins" and later the team changed its named to the Dodgers after the pedestrians who would dodge the streetcars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los…
After a botched robbery in 1909 England, the fleeing robbers hijacked a streetcar. The Police commandeered another streetcar and pursued them. At one point another officer in a horse drawn carriage tried to overtake the trolley, but crashed after a shootout with the robbers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tot…
Michael Caine was taught to speak with a southern drawl by Vivien Leigh the star of Gone with the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire imdb.com/name/nm0000323/b…
Today I Learned about the Great American streetcar scandal, a US conspiracy which replaced public transit with cars en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The plot of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? was based on the true story of General Motors buying electric streetcar firms and forcing them to switch to buses intransitionmag.org/archi…
The number called at the start of "Streetcar" By Funeral For A Friend Was Frontman Matt Davies Actual Number. Fans figured this out and called him on it! songfacts.com/detail.php?…
Maya Angelou was San Francisco's first black streetcar conductor youtube.com/watch?v=hLV0I…
The first African-American who refused to sit in the "black section" on public transportation was Robert Fox ... in 1871. Eventually the streetcar company gave in and allowed desegregated seating in Louisville KY. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
The T-shirt deputed around 1898, by the Great Depression it became part of American's daily wardrobe. In 1920, the word "T-shirt" became an official American-English word. In the 1950s, Marlon Brando wore one in A Streetcar Named Desire, finally achieved status as fashionable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-s…
-100 Years Ago, A Boston Streetcar Tragedy Killed 46 bostonglobe.com/metro/201…
Seattle has a streetcar system named S.L.U.T. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
Maya Angelou became the first black female streetcar driver in San Francisco when she was 14 years old washingtonpost.com/blogs/…
The original New Orleans Streetcars were horse drawn and steam powered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
Before Rosa Parks, Elizabeth Graham had to fight for the rights for African-Americans to even ride streetcars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
In her youth Maya Angelou worked as a nightclub dancer, Creole cook, paint remover at a dent and body shop, San Francisco's first black streetcar driver, and both a madam and sex worker at a brothel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May…
GM, as well as many other companies, dismantled a functional electric streetcar system in the US following the first major oil booms environment.about.com/od/…
New Orleans Po' Boy Sandwich origins began as the result of a Streetcar workers strike. parkwaypoorboys.com/histo…

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