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Travel Milestones in 2014: Delta Turns 90, Greyhound Marks 100 Years

January 9, 2014 at 11:19 AM | by | ()

Last week, when the clock struck midnight and the calendar flipped into 2014, we didn't just celebrate the entry of a new year, but also the 100th anniversary of commercial aviation.

On January 1st in 1914, Percival Fansler organized the funding for the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line to ferry passengers across Tampa Bay. The trip took 23 minutes and the mayor of St. Petersberg paid $400 at an auction for the first flight. Since then, the industry has become part of the fabric of our lives, carrying on average of 8 million passengers on a daily basis.

If you're all about a party, here are some more travel-related anniversaries around the globe for 2014:

· Along with commercial aviation, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal and the incorporation of Beverly Hills. Later in the year, Greyhound Bus Lines opened for business.

· Delta celebrates its 90th birthday this year, as does Greece as a republic.

· Hawaiian Airlines, LOT Polish and LAN mark this year as their 85th. Additionally, Vatican City claims independence to form the smallest country in the world.

· Airlines celebrating their oak anniversary of 80 years are: American Airlines, TWA, AeroMexico, South African Airlines and Norwegian LCC, Widerøe. Alcatraz also opened 80 years ago, accepting its first inmates as a federal prison.

· 75 years ago, US Airways began operations and LaGuardia Airport opens for business as "New York Municipal Airport." Theodore Roosevelt's head on Mount Rushmore also celebrates its diamond anniversary. In 1939, Siam is renamed to the current day Thailand.

Hey air travel! Here's to another 100 years! Now where's the cake?

[Photo: CityofStPete/Flickr]

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