Profile America — Tuesday, April 24th. Many automobile license plates herald the scenic wonders of the various states, others contain words giving a glimpse of the driver's personal preferences. New York was the first state to require license plates on motor vehicles 111 years ago this month. At the time, there were just under 15,000 rudimentary automobiles in the entire country, traveling over muddy roads without a license for the driver or the automobile. Now, there are more than 246 million cars, trucks, and buses zipping along the nation's sophisticated highway system, and nearly 210 million Americans have driver's licenses. Profile America is produced by the U.S. Census Bureau: Measuring America—People, Places, and Our Economy.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2012, p. 232 Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 716 Statistical Abstract of the United States 2009, t.1098
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