It was on this day in 1937 that about 200,000 people walked across the Golden Gate Bridge. Construction on the suspension bridge had started over four years previously, and this was the first day of a week-long celebration of it’s completion. Built to replace a 20 minute ferry trip, vehicles were first allowed to drive on it the next day. The bridge was completed ahead of schedule and about $1 million under-budget, and at the time was the longest suspension bridge in the world as well as the tallest. Both of those records have since been broken, but the Golden Gate Bridge is #1 in regards to one infamous statistic: more suicides occur on it than anywhere else.
The first thing that Wiki says happened on this day is “927 – Battle of the Bosnian Highlands: the Croatian army, led by King Tomislav, defeats the Bulgarian Army” and the most recent is “2006 – The May 2006 Java earthquake strikes at 5:53:58 AM local time (22:53:58 UTC May 26) devastating Bantul and the city of Yogyakarta killing over 6,600 people.”
A few other events that also happened on this day are:
1933 – World’s Fair, “A Century of Progress”, opens in Chicago.
1941 – The Bismarck is sunk.
1995 –Christopher Reeve falls off a horse and becomes paralyzed.
Happy birthday to Todd Bridges, Adam Carolla, Louis Gossett Jr., Harlan Ellison, Lee Meriwether, and Christopher Lee.