On this day in 1914 the first official Traffic Light went into operation on East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. Although there had been previous attempts, like the one that killed a policeman in London in 1869. This one went well, it had two color lights a Red and a Green and buzzer to let you know when the light was going to change.
In honor of this day, here’s some quotes on traffic.
“Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by traffic from both sides.” – Margaret Thatcher
“Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams.” – Mary Ellen Kelly
“The only way to solve the traffic problems of the country is to pass a law that only paid-for cars are allowed to use the highways. That would make traffic so scarce, we could use our boulevards for children's playgrounds.” – Will Rogers, 1879 – 1935
“Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn't block traffic.” – Dan Rather
“In the city a funeral is just an interruption of traffic; in the country it is a form of popular entertainment.”- George Ade
“There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.” – Roger Staubach