Interstate 196 (I-196) is an auxiliary interstate highway that runs for
80.6 miles (129.7 km) in the US state of Michigan. It is a state
trunkline highway that links Benton Harbor, South Haven, Holland, and
Grand Rapids. I-196 is known as the Gerald R. Ford Freeway in Kent,
Ottawa, and Allegan counties, after the 38th president of the United
States, who was raised in Grand Rapids and served Michigan in the House
of Representatives. There are two business loops (BL I-196) and one
business spur (BS I-196) that serve the South Haven, Holland, and Grand
Rapids areas. The current I-196 is the second in the state to bear the
number. The Benton Harbor–Grand Rapids freeway was designated I-96 in
the 1950s while another interstate, between Muskegon and Grand Rapids,
was numbered I-196. That I-196 was built in the late 1950s and completed
in the early 1960s. Michigan officials requested a change in 1963, which
switched the two numbers. (This article is part of a featured topic:
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Today's selected anniversaries:
French aviators Charles Nungesser and François Coli aboard the
biplane L'Oiseau Blanc took off from Paris, attempting to make the first
non-stop flight to New York, only to disappear before arrival.
World War II: The Axis launched a major counteroffensive,
turning the tide of the Battle of the Kerch Peninsula.
The Tollund Man, a naturally mummified corpse, was discovered
in a peat bog near Silkeborg, Denmark.
Four members of Black September hijacked Sabena Flight 571 to
demand the release of 315 convicted Palestinian terrorists.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
Of or pertaining to a megapolis (“a very large city or urban complex”).
Wikiquote quote of the day:
The knife cuts through the apple like a knife cutting an apple.
Everything is where it is, no clearer than usual, but certainly more
present. So much has to be left behind now, so quickly.
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