Sandra Cauffman, who has charted a trailblazing career as an engineer at NASA, was born in the central region of Costa Rica in 1962. She and her brother grew in a single-parent home after their mother Maria Jerónima Rojas made the lifesaving decision to leave her abusive husband. Even with their mother holding down two... Continue Reading →

October 13, 1974 In southeastern India’s state of Andhra Pradesh, construction officially began on Dwaraka Bus Station (DBS) Complex in the eastern part of the city of Visakhapatnam. The inaugural ceremony for this project included having Jalagam Vengal Rao (1921-1999), who was chief minister of Andhra Pradesh from 1973 to 1978, lay the foundation stone... Continue Reading →

October 12, 1996 Work was officially completed on a road coursing through a picturesque region of the southeastern United States. The Cherohala Skyway is a 43-mile (69-kilometer) route between the towns of Tellico Plains in Tennessee and Robbinsville in North Carolina. The name for this skyway is a portmanteau of Cherokee and Natahala, referring to... Continue Reading →

October 11, 1948 Capitán Vicente Almandos Almonacid Airport in La Rioja Province in western Argentina was officially opened. This airport serves as the principal one for that province. Capitán Vicente Almandos Almonacid Airport is specifically located in the northeastern part of the city of La Rioja, which is the capital of the province sharing its... Continue Reading →

October 10, 1848 The first railroad locomotive to operate in Chicago arrived in the city via schooner. This steam locomotive, aptly named the Pioneer, had been built in 1837 for the Utica and Schenectady Railroad (U&S) in New York. Originally called Alert, this locomotive was used by the U&S for nine years before being sold to the... Continue Reading →

October 7, 1985 Emilio Mitre station on Line E of the Buenos Aires Underground rapid transit system (Subterráneo de Buenos Aires) first went into service. With its opening, this station in Argentina’s capital and largest city replaced José María Moreno station as the western terminus of Line E. José María station had held that distinction... Continue Reading →

Scientist and NASA astronaut Fernando “Frank” Caldeiro was born in Argentina’s capital city of Buenos Aires on June 12, 1958. As a young immigrant to the United States, however, he regarded both New York City and the Florida community of Merritt Island as his actual hometowns. Caldeiro graduated from William Cullen Bryant High School in... Continue Reading →

October 5, 1871 Work was completed on a lighthouse built on the Pacific coast of Honshu, the largest and most populous of Japan’s islands. This navigational aid was the original version of Irōzaki Lighthouse. That lighthouse was specifically built in the town of Minamiizu, which is located on Cape Irōzaki (a headland on the southernmost... Continue Reading →

October 4, 2009 The Kurilpa Bridge was inaugurated in the city of Brisbane, the capital of northeastern Australia’s state of Queensland. This multiple-mast, cable-stayed pedestrian and bicycle bridge crosses the Brisbane River and serves as a link between Kurilpa Point in Brisbane’s inner southern suburb of South Brisbane and Tank Street in the city’s central... Continue Reading →

October 3, 1970 In Wyoming, a 77-mile (123.9-kilometer) segment of Interstate 80 between the city of Laramie and community of Walcott Junction was officially opened to traffic. This section remains the longest stretch of the Interstate Highway System to make its debut at one time without any portion of the entire length previously opened. The... Continue Reading →

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