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1990: Tunnel between France and Britain Completed

1990: Tunnel between France and Britain Completed
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  • historical event: On this day Briton Graham Fagg and Frenchman Phillippe Cozette ceremoniously dug a passage between Great Britain and France, under the eyes of the media. The tunnel was opened for traffic a few years later, when the entire infrastructure was finally built.

Digging a tunnel under the English Channel began back in 1988. The tunneling was done simultaneously from the French and British side, and 11 drills were used. On 30 November 1990, the machines from the opposite sides came close to one another. A hole, 5 cm in diameter, was dug, which connected the French and the British side.

On this day in 1990, Briton Graham Fagg and Frenchman Phillippe Cozette ceremoniously dug a passage between Great Britain and France, under the eyes of the media. The tunnel was opened for traffic a few years later, when the entire infrastructure was finally built.

The tunnel was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II and the French president François Mitterrand, in a ceremony on 6 May 1994. Ten people died during the construction of the tunnel.

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