It Happened On #31

History’s not too exciting today but here’s another It Happened On anyways

It happened on October 28 1965… Construction is completed on the Gateway Arch, a 630-foot-high parabola of stainless steel marking the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial on the waterfront of St. Louis, Missouri

The Gateway Arch, designed by Eero Saarinen, was erected to commemorate President Thomas Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and to celebrate St. Louis’ central role in the rapid westward expansion that followed. Construction of the arch began in February 1963, was completed in October 1965, and cost less than $15 million

With foundations 60 feet in the ground, its frame is built to withstand earthquakes and
high winds. An internal tram system takes visitors to the top, where on a clear day they can see up to 30 miles across the winding Mississippi and to the Great Plains to the west

Also on October 28 1965, Viet Cong commandos damage and destroy a number of aircraft in two separate raids on U.S. air bases, including Chu Lai, on the coast of the South China Sea in Quang Tin Province, I Corps

I had no idea what the Gateway Arch was. Even after looking at a picture, I vaguely remember seeing it and I had no idea it had an observation deck (that’s the last picture above). Today’s edition taught me something new!


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