Today in History: Bay Bridge opens in 1936

Today in History: Bay Bridge opens in 1936

The San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge, known locally as the Bay Bridge, is a complex of bridges spanning San Francisco Bay in California. As part of Interstate 80 and the direct road between San Francisco and Oakland, it carries about 260,000 vehicles a day on its two decks and has one of the longest spans in the United States. The toll bridge was conceived as early as the gold rush days, but construction did not begin until 1933. Designed by Charles H. Purcell, and built by American Bridge Company, it opened on November 12, 1936, six months before the Golden Gate Bridge. It originally carried automobile traffic on its upper deck, and trucks and interurban streetcars on the lower, but after the Key System abandoned rail service, the lower deck was converted to all-road traffic as well. Source: wikipedia.org

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Today in History: Emil Cardinaux born in 1877

Today in History: Emil Cardinaux born in 1877

142 years ago today, Swiss poster designer and landscape artist, Emil Cardinaux, was born in Bern. Besides Burkhard Mangold, Cardinaux was probably the first Swiss artist who dedicated himself whole-heartedly to the medium of the poster, recognizing the true value and qualities of the art form. He became famous with his 1908 Zermatt poster of the Matterhorn, arguably one of the most influential Swiss tourism posters of all time. Cardinaux produced more than 130 posters, including many commercial advertising images.

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Today in History: Mt. Rushmore completed in 1941

Today in History: Mt. Rushmore completed in 1941

78 years ago today, Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, USA was completed after 14 years.

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Today in History: Delta Air Lines merges with Northwest in 2008

Today in History: Delta Air Lines merges with Northwest in 2008

The merger resulted in creating the world’s largest airline (at the time). The merged entity took on the name of Delta Airlines, and the Northwest Airlines brand name was retired.

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Today in History: NYC subway opens in 1904

Today in History: NYC subway opens in 1904

114 years ago today, New York City Mayor George McClellan inaugurates the city’s new rapid transit system, the subway. The original line ran approximately nine miles through 28 stations from City Hall north to Grand Central Station, then west to Times Square and up the West Side to 145th Street. The general public was invited to travel the new train at 7 pm on that day when more than 100,000 people paid a nickel to take their first rider under Manhattan. The New York City subway soon became America’s largest underground train network. Today, it has 26 lines, more than 450 stations in operation and some 4 ½ million daily passengers.

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Today in History: Monterey Bay Aquarium opens in 1984

Today in History: Monterey Bay Aquarium opens in 1984

35 years ago today, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of the largest aquariums in the world opens in Monterey Bay, California. Amongst its many firsts, it is the only aquarium in the world able to keep a great white shark captive for more than 16 days.

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Today in History: Alaska formally becomes part of the USA in 1867

Today in History: Alaska formally becomes part of the USA in 1867

The United States had purchased the large and sparsely populated territory of Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million, or less than two cents an acre. The purchase was not seen as a positive acquirement by many American citizens who believed that adding Alaska to the US’s territory was a waste of taxpayers’ money. Many called the act, Seward’s folly after Secretary of State William H. Seward, who was responsible for making the purchase. Alaska was admitted to the Union as a state in 1959. October 18 is annually celebrated as Alaska Day in Alaska.

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