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On this day in 1933 construction of the Golden Gate Bridge began

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It was opened for public use in May 1937 with an official gesture from FDR, the US President of the day.

I have driven across it once travelling north on a return trip to Vancouver in 2000. And earlier in 1997, I sailed under it in a rented 44 ft. sailboat holding the helm.

It’s an indelible image of San Francisco. It’s called Golden Gate because that is the name of the 400 ft wide stretch of water separating Marin County Peninsula from San Francisco itself. No doubt this name had something to do with the 49er Gold Rushers who came to San Francisco by boat.

On this day, Jan 5, in 1895, the Capt. Dreyfus was stripped of his rank in the French Army in a public ceremony in France after being found guilty of spying for the German government on thin and false evidence.

Then in 1972 Pres Nixon announced launching of the space shuttle program.

Momentous happenings indeed!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/01/05 at 06:44