Britannica Reports This Day in History
A brilliant feat of 19th-century engineering, the Brooklyn Bridgespanning the East River from Brooklyn to Manhattan Island in New York Cityopened this day in 1883, designed by civil engineer John Augustus Roebling.
More Events on this day:
1951: In the U.S. nuclear program, the fourth test of Operation Greenhouse was conducted, resulting in the first proof-of-principle test of a booster design in nuclear fission.
1928: Irish author William Trevor was born in County Cork.
1856: A group of abolitionists led by John Brown launched a nighttime raid on a proslavery settlement at Pottawatomie Creek in Kansas Territory during which five men were murdered.
1822: Part of the Latin American wars of independence from Spanish rule, the Battle of Pichincha took place on the lower slopes of Cerro Pichincha and ended in victory for South American rebels.
1689: The Toleration Act was passed by the British Parliament, granting freedom of worship to Nonconformists and allowing them their own places of worship and their own teachers and preachers.