On this day 110 years ago, the Queensboro Bridge in New York City, also known as the 59th Street Bridge, opened, linking Manhattan and Queens. No tolls are charged on the two-level double cantilever bridge, which includes a pedestrian walkway and bicycle path. Designated as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, it was designed by Leffert L. Buck and Henry Hornbostel. (1909)

– Photo by Fred Murphy, CC license

MORE Good News on this Date in History:

  • Vincent van Gogh, the Dutch Impressionist artist, was born (1853)
  • The 15th Amendment passed in the US, guaranteeing men the right to vote regardless of race (1870) –It would be fifty more years until women were granted the same right.
  • Albert Einstein announced his revised Unified Field Theory (1953)
  • The Yonge Street subway line opened in Toronto—the first subway in Canada (1954)
  • The first Gay Rights Parade was held in Michigan (1979)
  • Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers sold for a record $39.7 million (coincidentally, on the anniversary of his 1853 birth), despite the painter only selling a single canvas during his lifetime (1987)
  • Myanmar’s first democratically-elected president in more than 50 years was sworn in, after the National League of Democracy, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, won the November general election (2016)

Happy 74th Birthday to Eric Clapton, the blues-rock musician, singer, and songwriter who Rolling Stone magazine named the second greatest guitar player of all-time.

640px-Eric_Clapton_CC-MajvdlThe British rocker, born in 1945, was a founding member of the Yardbirds, Derek and the Dominos, and Cream and produced hits like “Layla,” “Crossroads,” and “Let It Rain.“ He survived heroin addiction to launch a successful solo career and open his own recovery center for addicts in Antigua, called the Crossroads Centre. (Photo by Majvdl, CC)

Happy 51st Birthday to Celine Dion, who sang the theme from the film Titanic, “My Heart Will Go On.” After hearing her voice, the music manager Rene Angelil mortgaged his house to produce her debut album. The French-Canadian pop artist became his wife and they sold over 200 million albums. (1968)Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band-coverAnd, on this day in 1967, Michael Cooper photographed the cover for the Beatles masterpiece, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. British ‘pop’ artist Peter Blake and his wife were hired by art director Robert Fraser to create more than 70 life-sized cut-out figures of Beatle heroes for the famous collage, including Edgar Allen Poe, Fred Astaire, Carl Jung, Lenny Bruce, Dylan Thomas, Karl Marx, H.G. Wells, Laurel and Hardy, Lewis Caroll, Tony Curtis, one-time Beatle bassist, Stuart Sutcliffe, and — at George’s request — a number of Indian gurus. WATCH a video about the photo shoot below with tantalizing details…

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