News Display: The Golden Gate Bridge Opens, Friday, 5/27

Friday, 5/27

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  • The Golden Gate Bridge Opens, Friday, 5/27
  • A symbol of progress during the Great Depression, San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge opened on May 27, 1937, just five years after construction began. At the time, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world, measuring 4,200 feet. On "Pedestrian Day" roughly 200,000 people walked across the bridge that connected San Francisco and Marin County, and on May 28, vehicles were allowed access.
  • Opening of the English Channel Tunnel, Friday, 5/6
  • On May 6, 1994 the 31-mile long tunnel through the English Channel, connected Folkstone, England to Sangette, France. Costing $16 billion, the "Chunnel" became the longest underwater tunnel -- aimed at improving travel and trade between Great Britain and the European mainland. The project took six years to complete and has been hailed by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the seven wonders of the Modern World.
  • President Polk Declares War on Mexico, Friday, 5/13
  • May 13, 1846 marks then President James Polk declared war on Mexico in a dispute over the land that lay between the Neuces and Rio Grande rivers in Texas which America had annexed a couple of years earlier. After two years of battle, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hildago was signed, making the Rio Grande the southern boundary of Texas, and California and New Mexico part of the United States. Mexico received $15 million and agreed to settle all claims of U.S. citizens against Mexico.
  • Strauss & Davis Patent Blue Jeans, Friday, 5/20
  • On May 20, 1873 Levi Strauss, a San Fransisco businessman, and Jacob Davis, a tailor from Reno, Nevada, received a patent to create metal-riveted denim trousers for working people. Interestingly, less than a year after they received their patent, Strauss and Jacobs filed a $20,000 law suit for patent infringement against A. B. Elfelt and others, only to receive $2,000. Blue jeans became popular in the 1950s as casual dress for teenagers, and today they are fashionable throughout the world. Levi is among hundreds of companies that now make and sell blue jeans.

Last Updated: 5:40 am, Tuesday, Apr 5 , 2011