Today in history: May 27th

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May 27th, 1937: The newly-completed Golden Gate Bridge opens to the public -- connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California. Louis Reggiardo helped build the famous suspension bridge.

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Today in history: May 27th
Picture dated October 1935 of the Golden Gate bridge, in the San Francisco Bay, during its construction. Construction began on 05 January 1933 and the bridge was inaugurated 27 May 1937 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who pushed a button in Washington, DC, signaling the official start of vehicle traffic over the Bridge. Idea of the engineer Joseph Strauss, it was the largest suspension bridge in the world. (Photo credit should read OFF/AFP/Getty Images)
circa 1935: One of the stanchions erected in the building of the Golden Gate bridge, connecting Marin and San Francisco, casts a shadow over houses at its foot. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)
circa 1936: The twin towers of the bridge spanning the Golden Gate strait in California which will support a roadway between San Francisco and Marin County. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)
The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco during its construction. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
circa 1936: The 'Santa Clara' a ferry belonging to the Southern Pacific line sails under the first structures of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)
Chief Engineer of National Parks Frank Kettredge with his chief counsel George H Harlan on the Golden Gate suspension bridge in San Francisco. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
March 1937: The base of the south pier, one of the pillars supporting the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
Picture dated 1950's of the Golden Gate bridge, in the San Francisco Bay. Construction began on 05 January 1933 and the bridge was inaugurated 27 May 1937 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who pushed a button in Washington, DC, signaling the official start of vehicle traffic over the Bridge. Idea of the engineer Joseph Strauss, it was the largest suspension bridge in the world. (Photo credit should read OFF/AFP/Getty Images)
circa 1943: A warship approaches the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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