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May 24, 1883

Brooklyn Bridge opens

After 14 years of construction, the Brooklyn Bridge over the East River is finally completed, connecting the great cities of New York and Brooklyn for the first time. Designed by the late John Roebling, Brooklyn Bridge was the largest suspension bridge ever built until then. In 1869, Roebling became...

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May 24, 1686

Fahrenheit Is Born

German physicist, engineer, and glassblower Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, best known for inventing the alcohol and mercury thermometers and for developing a temperature scale now named after him, was born on this day in 1686. Born in Danzig in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1686 as the e...

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