The Creek Turnpike is a 33.22-mile-long (53.46 km) freeway-standard
toll road that lies entirely in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. The turnpike
forms a partial beltway around the south and east sides of Tulsa,
Oklahoma's second largest city. The western terminus is at the Turner
Turnpike in Sapulpa, while the northeastern terminus is at the Will
Rogers Turnpike in Fair Oaks; both ends of the Creek Turnpike connect
with Interstate 44 (I-44). Along the way, the highway passes through the
cities of Sapulpa, Jenks, Tulsa, and Broken Arrow, and the counties of
Creek, Tulsa, Wagoner and Rogers. The first section of the Creek
Turnpike, from US-75 in Jenks to US-64/US-169 in Tulsa, was first
authorized in 1987. Its construction was controversial. Homeowners along
the route of the highway formed a group called Tulsans Against Turnpikes
to fight the highway in both the courtroom and the media, and the
highway was also challenged on environmental grounds. Nevertheless, the
highway opened to traffic in the first half of 1992. Further extensions
to both the east and the west followed in later years after several
years of false starts under the administrations of two different
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Tom Thumb (replica pictured), the first American-built steam
locomotive, engaged in an impromptu race against a horse-drawn car in
In the first naval battle of the First World War, British ships
defeated the German fleet in the Heligoland Bight area of the North Sea.
An unsuccessful insurrection against Soviet rule in the
Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, known as the August Uprising, began.
Toyota Motors, now the world's largest automobile manufacturer,
was spun off from Toyota Industries as an independent company.
The Evergreen Point Floating Bridge, the world's longest
floating bridge, opened across Lake Washington in Washington, US.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
battle of the sexes:
(game theory) A situation in which two people want to do different
things, but do them together.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live
out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-
evident: that all men are created equal." I have a dream that one day on
the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of
former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at a table of
brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi,
a state, sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat
of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and
justice. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live
in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but
by the content of their character. I have a dream today. ￼
--Martin Luther King, Jr.