July 27, 1888 In Argentina’s province of Buenos Aires, a 32.9-mile (53-kilometer) extension of the horse-drawn Buenos Aires Central Railway between the cities of Pilar and Zárate was completed. This took place less than four months after the opening of the railway line’s first segment. That initial segment of 29.2 miles (47 kilometers) was built... Continue Reading →

May 25, 1884 The San Juan de Salvamento Lighthouse made its debut on Isla de los Estados, a remote island within Argentina’s section of the archipelago Tierra del Fuego. Isla de los Estados is located 18 miles (29 kilometers) off the easternmost point of that archipelago’s main island of Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego.... Continue Reading →

May 17, 2018 A station on Line H of the Buenos Aires Underground rapid transit system (Subterráneo de Buenos Aires) was officially opened. This station in the northern section of Argentina’s capital and largest city is adjacent to its namesake, the University of Buenos Aires’ law school (formally known as the Faculty of Law, or... Continue Reading →

April 25, 1960 A global circumnavigation milestone took place when the U.S. Navy submarine USS Triton (SSRN-586) completed the first submerged voyage around the world. The U.S. Navy’s code name for this pioneering circumnavigation was Operation Sandblast. Triton, which had been commissioned the previous November and was under the command of Captain Edward L. “Ned” Beach,... Continue Reading →

February 9, 1933 Scottish aviator James A. Mollison, flying a de Havilland Puss Moth high-wing monoplane that he named “The Heart’s Content,” completed the first solo east-west airborne crossing of the South Atlantic Ocean. This unprecedented flight ended with Mollison landing at the city of Natal in northeastern Brazil at 1:20 p.m. He arrived there... Continue Reading →

January 13, 1982 Construction began on a bridge between southwestern Brazil and northeastern Argentina. This project was a joint venture of those countries, with contractors from each working together to both design and build the bridge. It was completed in the fall of 1985, and inaugurated on November 29 of that year. The bridge carries... Continue Reading →

January 7, 2010 The Los Dominicos underground metro station first went into service in the vicinity of Chile’s capital city of Santiago. This station is a facility of Line 1 of the rapid transit system known as the Santiago Metro. The Los Dominicos station was built – along with the Escuela Militar, Manquehue, and Hernando... Continue Reading →

December 29, 2009 A new terminal officially began operations at Carrasco/General Cesáreo L. Berisso International Airport in Uruguay’s capital city of Montevideo. This airport, which is the largest in Uruguay, was opened in 1947. It is located in the Montevideo barrio (neighborhood) of Carrasco. The airport also bears the name of one of Uruguay’s leading... Continue Reading →

September 3, 2008 A 44-year-old vessel was acquired by the Brazilian Navy for service as an oceanographic research ship in the Antarctic region. This addition to that navy’s Brazilian Antarctic Program was renamed the Almirante Maximiano in honor of Admiral Maximiano Eduardo da Silva Fonseca (1919-1998). A longtime Brazilian naval officer, Maximiano da Fonesca served... Continue Reading →

July 30, 2016 A new line of the Rio de Janeiro Metro in Brazil’s second largest city was officially opened. Line 4 (also known as the Yellow Line) of that rapid transit network connects the Jardim Oceânico Station in the neighborhood of Barra da Tijuca in the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro with the... Continue Reading →

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