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CONSTRUCTION OF HOOVER DAM BEGINS

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On this day in 1930, construction of the Hoover Dam begins. Over the next
five years, a total of 21,000 men would work ceaselessly to produce what
would be the largest dam of its time, as well as one of the largest manmade structures in the world.

Although the dam would take only five years to build, its construction was
nearly 30 years in the making. Arthur Powell Davis, an engineer from the
Bureau of Reclamation, originally had his vision for the Hoover Dam back
in 1902, and his engineering report on the topic became the guiding
document when plans were finally made to begin the dam in 1922.

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Arthur Powell Davis
(February 9, 1861 – August 7, 1933)


Construction Site for Hoover Dam – Black Canyon.

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The "Superflag" (255ft x 505ft) once held the title of the largest flag
in the world and was
displayed over Hoover Dam to commemorate
the 1996 Olympic Torch Relay.


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IT MADE HISTORY ON THIS DAY

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On this day in 1943, work was completed on the Pentagon and it was dedicated as the world’s largest office building located just outside
Washington,
DC, in Arlington, VA. The structure covers 34 acres of
land and has 17 miles of corridors.

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The first National Football League (NFL) Super Bowl was played on
this day in 1967. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City
Chiefs of the American Football League. The final score was 35-10.


Even though ticket prices averaged just $12, it was the only Super Bowl that
didn’t sell out. The game aired on two different networks, NBC and CBS and
drew in an audience of more than 61,000 fans. The popularity of the event
continued to grow after the leagues integrated.

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Super Bowl I – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

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The Packers quarterback Bart Starr.

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Football great and TV commentator Frank Gifford (second from left).

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BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION ON THIS DAY IN 1933

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On this day in  1933, construction began on the Golden Gate Bridge,
as workers started excavating 3.25 million cubic feet of dirt for the

structure’s huge anchorages. The bridge would span the Golden
Gate, a narrow, 400-foot deep strait, connecting the San Francisco
Peninsula with the southern end of Marin County. 

The Golden Gate bridge took over four years to construct and 
officially opened May 27, 1937. The longest bridge span in the
world at the time. The first public crossing had taken place on
the day before, when 200,000 people walked, ran and even
roller skated over the new bridge.

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Image result for what year did construction begin on the golden gate bridgePedestrian walk over day on May 27, 1937, vehicle traffic followed the next day (below).

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The Golden Gate Bridge at sunset, as seen from north of Alcatraz
Island
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HIGHLIGHTS OF PAST WORLD NEWS

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SANDY KOZEL

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On this day in 1962.

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Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jeane Mortenson)
(June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962)

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On Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor on this day in 1884, the cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid.

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On this day in 1957, American Bandstand made its network debut
on ABC-TV. The show was hosted by Dick Clark. Until this day the
show had been a local show in Philadelphia since 1952.

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Richard Burton (Richard Walter Jenkins Jr.)
(November 10, 1925 – August  5, 1984)

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Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in Cléopâtre  (1963)

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FROM PORTLAND’S PAST ~

1964 Marquam Bridge under construction
THE MARQUAM BRIDGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN 1964.


THE BRIDGE TODAY VIEWED from the southwest, atop
Marquam Hill.

The Marquam Bridge is a double-deck, steel-truss cantilever bridge that
carries
Interstate 5 traffic across the Willamette River south of downtown Portland, Oregon. It is the busiest bridge in Oregon, carrying 135,900 
vehicles a day as
of 2008. The upper deck carries northbound traffic;
the lower deck carries southbound traffic.


The bridge was designed and built by the
Oregon Department of
Transportation
 at a cost of $14 million. The lower southbound deck
was opened on October 4, 1966, and the upper northbound deck on
October 18, 1966. The Marquam was
the first Portland bridge to
undergo a
seismic retrofit in 1995.




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