ON THIS DAY IN UNITED STATES HISTORY
September 14, 1899
Henry Bliss Becomes the First Recorded
Automobile Fatality in the United States
On this day in 1899, Henry H. Bliss died from serious head and chest wounds that he suffered from a motor
vehicle accident the day before in New York City. Bliss was exiting a streetcar when he was struck by an electric
powered taxicab crushing his head and chest. On September 13 of the following year, a plaque was dedicated
commemorating the event.