The last thing AMTRAK did right.

On this day in 1869, a golden spike is driven at Promontory, Utah, marking the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the United States, and the prospect of being able to go, in relatively uncomfortable fashion, from Philadelphia to Sacramento.

On this day in 1924, J. Edgar Hoover is given the job of FBI director. Excited at the assignment, Hoover goes out and buys himself a new dress.

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