The Scottsboro Boys are arrested, John and Yoko take to bed, a New York City nightclub fire kills 87, and mad cow disease halts British beef exports, all on this day.
1807: The horse-drawn Swansea and Mumbles Railway, then known as the Oystermouth Railway, in Swansea, Wales, becomes the first passenger carrying railway in the world. It later moved from horse power to steam locomotion, and finally converted to electric trolley cars, before closing in January 1960.
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