On this day in 1790, the District of Columbia is established as the seat of the United States government, and thus becomes the butt of most jokes.

On this day in 1935, the first parking meters are installed, in Oklahoma City, and are an immediate hit with New Yorkers, who have trouble finding anything closer.

On this day in 1957, Marine Major John Glenn sets a transcontinental speed record when he flies a jet from California to New York in 3 hours, 23 minutes and 8 seconds, but waits nearly three hours for his luggage, and then can't get a cab from the airport.

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