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Events from History: 27 May 1937

The Golden Gate Bridge, a majestic suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate Strait in San Francisco, California, celebrated its grand opening with a week-long fiesta kicking off on May 27th, 1937. This marvel of modern engineering, the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time, had taken four years to construct and overcome numerous challenges. The opening day festivities were a joyous occasion, with thousands of people eager to be among the first to walk across the bridge. A celebratory parade of ships, flyovers by military aircraft, and a ceremony with President Franklin D. Roosevelt officially opening the bridge to traffic marked the culmination of this historic event. The Golden Gate Bridge, an enduring symbol of San Francisco and human innovation, has since become one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world.

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