Tuesday, May 24, 2011

TODAY IN HISTORY

MAY 24
1883:In a horse-drawn carriage, Emily Roebling, wife of chief project engineer Washington Roebling, becomes the first person to cross the just-completed Brooklyn Bridge, while President Chester A. Arthur and New York Gov. Grover Cleveland are among the thousands who walk across the bridge that day. The bridge—connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn across the East River—has a main span of 1,595 feet, making it (then) the longest suspension bridge in the world.

1844: Inventor Samuel Morse sends the biblical quote “What hath God wrought” by Morse code from a telegraph machine in the U.S. Capitol to his assistant Alfred Vail, waiting in Baltimore. It is the first message sent over a commercial telegraph line.

1935: The Cincinnati Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 at Crosley Field in Cincinnati, in the first Major League Baseball night game, for which President Franklin D. Roosevelt symbolically switches on the field’s lights from Washington, D.C.
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