Week Twenty One

May 24, 1883: Brooklyn Bridge opens

After 14 years and 27 deaths while being constructed, the Brooklyn Bridge over the East River is opened, connecting the great cities of New York and Brooklyn for the first time in history. Thousands of residents of Brooklyn and Manhattan Island turned out to witness the dedication ceremony, which was presided over by President Chester A. Arthur and New York Governor Grover Cleveland. Designed by the late John A. Roebling, the Brooklyn Bridge was the largest suspension bridge ever built to that date.

 

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The Brooklyn Bridge, with its unprecedented length and two stately towers, was dubbed the “eighth wonder of the world.” The connection it provided between the massive population centers of Brooklyn and Manhattan changed the course of New York Cityforever. In 1898, the city of Brooklyn formally merged with New York City, Staten Island, and a few farm towns, forming Greater New York.

This week

May 20, 1873
Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive patent for blue jeans
May 21, 1881
American Red Cross founded
May 22, 1843
Great Emigration departs for Oregon
May 23, 1934
Police kill famous outlaws Bonnie and Clyde
May 24, 1883
Brooklyn Bridge opens
May 25, 1977
Star Wars opens
May 26, 1897
Dracula goes on sale in London

 

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