On this day 41 years ago, the first 4.6 miles of the Washington, DC Metro subway system opened. The Metro network now includes six lines, 91 stations, and 117 miles (188 km) of route and is the second-busiest U.S. rapid transit system for number of passenger trips, after the New York City Subway. Its award-winning design came from Chicago architect Harry Weese… (1976)

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Many Metro stations were designed by Weese and are examples of late-20th century modern architecture with their heavy use of exposed concrete and repetitive design motifs. The clean, graffiti-free stations also reflect the influence of Washington’s neoclassical architecture in their overarching coffered ceiling vaults. Weese worked with lighting designer Bill Lam for the indirect lighting used throughout the system. The design of the Metro’s vaulted-ceiling stations was voted number 106 on the “America’s Favorite Architecture” list compiled by the American Institute of Architects in 2007. (Click to enlarge photos by pkingDesign (top); and Shujenchang, CC)

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • Canadian inventor Abraham Gesner received US patents for his innovation called kerosene, a cleaner lamp fuel for indoor and street lighting which mostly eliminated the use of whale oil from sperm whales (1855)
  • The first of 3,000 Japanese cherry blossom trees were planted in Washington, D.C. — a gift from the Mayor of Tokyo, Yukio Ozaki (1912)
  • In Louisiana, Archbishop Joseph Francis Rummel ordered all Roman Catholic schools in New Orleans to end segregation (1962)
  • U2 performed on the roof of a store in downtown LA to make the video for ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’, attracting thousands of spectators and bringing traffic to a standstill — police eventually stopped them (1987)
  • NFL owners voted to make instant replay a permanent officiating tool (2007)
  • Philippines signs a peace accord with the largest Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, ending decades of conflict (2014)

And, on this day in 1931, the former professional player and long-time manager of the New York Giants, John McGraw, said night baseball would never catch on.