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John’s Believe It Or Not… May 31st

In 1997 – Opening of the Confederation Bridge. In 1910 Union of South Africa declares its independence from the UK. In 1859 Big Ben goes into operation in London. In 1929 Ford signs agreement with the Soviet Union. In 1977 The BBC bans the Sex Pistols’ “God Save the Queen”.

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* 1997 – Opening of the Confederation Bridge linking PEI & New Brunswick. (The Confederation Bridge joins the eastern Canadian provinces of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, making travel throughout the Maritimes easy and convenient. The curved, 12.9 kilometers (8 miles) long bridge is the longest in the world crossing ice-covered water and continues to endure as one of Canada’s top engineering achievements of the 20th century. After four years of construction using crews of more than five thousand local workers, the Confederation Bridge opened to traffic on May 31, 1997. Building the bridge was similar to putting together a giant concrete puzzle. Workers fabricated and connected 175 major structural pieces — from the pier bases and shafts that sit on the ocean floor to support the bridge to the main girders that are the backbone of the structure. Special ice-shields were designed and installed to protect the support piers from the pack ice that flows through the Strait every winter. Each of the pieces, some weighing more than 7,500 tons, were transported from the fabrication yard by a 102 m high floating crane. Newly developed GPS systems allowed engineers to place the components on the ocean floor with an accuracy of 2 cm. The project cost $840-million.) Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… May 31st”