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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
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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 ~

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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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CONSTRUCTION BEGAN ON THIS DAY IN 1941

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The Pentagon

The Pentagon, headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, is located
in Arlington County, Virginia.

It was designed by architect George Bergstrom (1876–1955), and built by general contractor John McShain of Philadelphia. Ground was broken for construction
on September 11, 1941, and the building was dedicated on January 15, 1943.

General Brehon Somervell provided the major motive power behind the project,
Colonel Leslie Groves was responsible for overseeing the project for the U.S.
Army.

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Northwest exposure of the Pentagon’s construction underway on July 1st,
1942

 

 

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On September 11, 2001, the 60th anniversary of The Pentagon’s groundbreaking, 
five al-Qaeda affiliated hijackers took control of American Airlines Flight 77, en
route
from Washington Dulles International Airport to Los Angeles International
Airport
, and deliberately crashed the Boeing 757 airliner into the western side
of the Pentagon at 9:37 am EDT as part of the September 11 attacks. All 64
people on the airliner were killed as were 125 people who were in the building.

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AUTHORIZATION SIGNED ON THIS DAY IN 1973

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President Richard Nixon signing the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Act into law

The federal law authorized the building of an oil pipeline connecting the North
Slope of Alaska to Port Valdez and halted all legal challenges that had been
filed primarily by environmental activists who were against construction of the
800 mile pipeline. Construction work began in March of 1974 and was finished
in 1977.

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