Daily readings about people, places, and events in American history.
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May 28th
Longest Suspension Bridges in the United States
On May 28, 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt pressed a button in Washington, D.C., signaling that the new Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco was officially open to vehicular traffic. (The bridge had opened to pedestrian traffic the day before.) The Golden Gate Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world until the opening of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York City in 1964.*

Year: 1964
Bridge: Verrazano-Narrows Bridge,  New York, NY
Length: 4,260 ft.

Year: 1937
Bridge: Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay
Length: 4,200 ft.

Year: 1957
Bridge: Mackinac Bridge, Straits of Mackinac, MI
Length: 3,800 ft.

Year: 1931
Bridge: George Washington Bridge, Hudson River, NY-NJ
Length: 3,500 ft.

Year: 1950
Bridge: Tacoma Narrows Bridge, Tacoma, WA
Length: 2,800 ft.

Year: 2007
Bridge: Tacoma Narrows Bridge, II Tacoma, WA
Length: 2,800 ft.

Year: 2003
Bridge: Al Zampa Memorial Bridge, Carquinez Strait, CA
Length: 2,388 ft.

Year: 1936
Bridge: San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, San Francisco Bay
Length: 2,310 ft.

Year: 1939
Bridge: Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, New York, NY
Length: 2,300 ft.

Year: 1951
Bridge: Delaware Memorial Bridge, Wilmington, DE
Length: 2,150 ft.

Year: 1968
Bridge: Delaware Memorial Bridge II, Wilmington, DE
Length: 2,150 ft.

Year: 1957
Bridge: Walt Whitman Bridge, Philadelphia, PA
Length: 2,000 ft.

* The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is currently the eighth-longest suspension bridge in the world. The longest is the Akashi-Kaiky Bridge in Japan, with a central span of 6,532 feet.

American History Parade
1754
Virginia militia under Lt. Col. George Washington defeat French troops near Uniontown, Pennsylvania, in an opening skirmish of the French and Indian War.

1902
The Virginian by Owen Wister, regarded as the first Western, is published.

1929
On with the Show, the first movie with color and sound, debuts in New York.

1957
The National League approves the move of the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants to Los Angeles and San Francisco.

1984
Ronald Reagan leads a funeral in Arlington National Cemetery for an unknown serviceman killed in Vietnam (the remains are later identified as those of Air Force Lt. Michael J. Blassie and moved to St. Louis).
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