London opens world's first subway
London inaugurated the world's first subway on this day in 1863 when approximately 40,000 Londoners rode the original line between Paddington Station and Farringdon Street. The train took 18 minutes to make the seven-kilometer journey. By 1880 the line carried 40 million passengers a year. The next subways to open were Budapest and Glasgow in 1896, followed by Boston in 1897, Paris in 1900 and New York in 1904.