The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge spans the San Francisco Bay and
links the California cities of Oakland and San Francisco in the United
States. The bridge consists of two major segments connecting a central
island, Yerba Buena Island, with each shore. The western segment
terminating in San Francisco consists of two suspension bridges
end-to-end with a central anchorage. The eastern span terminating in
Oakland consists of a truss causeway, five medium-span truss bridges
and a double-tower cantilever span, scheduled to be replaced by an
entirely new structure now under construction. The original bridges
were designed by Ralph Modjeski. The bridge was built at the same time
as San Francisco's other famous bridge – the Golden Gate.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
The British Empire adopted the Gregorian calendar, skipping eleven
days (September 2 was followed directly by September 14).
Napoleon's invasion of Russia: Napoleon and his Grande ArmÃ©e
captured Moscow, only to find the city deserted and burning.
Theodore Roosevelt became President of the United States upon the
assassination of McKinley.
The Soviet spacecraft Luna 2 crashed onto and became the
first man-made object to reach the Moon.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) was
founded by Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.
Wikiquote of the day:
"I've had enough of breakdowns and diagramsâ€” judging from picture
books, apparently Heaven is a partly cloudy place." -- Jenny Lewis