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1937: Opening of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

1937: Opening of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
Photo Credit To Wikipedia Commons/ The Golden Gate Bridge by Octagon, 2009. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

Story Highlights

  • Historical event:
  • 28 May 1937
  • More than 2,000,000,000 vehicles have passed over the Golden Gate Bridge since its opening.

On this day in 1937, the famous Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco was opened. 

It is probably the most famous bridge in the world. The towers of the Golden Gate rise to a height of 227.4 meters.

The Golden Gate Bridge is hung from cables over 93 centimeters in diameter. These thick cables are actually made of 27,572 strands of wire. Approximately 130 million meters of steel wire were spent for the construction of these cables. There are around 1,200,000 rivets in the pillars of the Golden Gate.

The Golden Gate Bridge has a total length of 2,737.4 meters. 11 people were killed during its construction. More than 2,000,000,000 vehicles have passed over the Golden Gate Bridge since its opening.

It is interesting that in 1937, at the time of the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge, Adolf Hitler was in power in Germany. About a month before the opening of the bridge, the known Bombing of Guernica in the Spanish Civil War took place, and three weeks before the opening, there was a disaster when the German airship Hindenburg ignited.

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