Fun Fact January 5, 2022.

According to History dot com it was on January 5, 1933, construction began on the Golden Gate Bridge, as workers began excavating 3.25 million cubic feet of dirt for the structure’s huge anchorages.  Following the Gold Rush boom that began in 1849, speculators realized the land north of San Francisco Bay would increase in value in direct proportion to its accessibility to the city. Soon, a plan was hatched to build a bridge that would span the Golden Gate, a narrow, 400-foot deep strait that serves as the mouth of the San Francisco Bay, connecting the San Francisco Peninsula with the southern end of Marin County.  The Golden Gate Bridge officially opened on May 27, 1937, the longest bridge span in the world at the time. The first public crossing had taken place the day before, when 200,000 people walked, ran and even roller skated over the new bridge.  The bridge cost 35 million dollars.  Listen to the podcast here; 

Fun Fact November 22, 2021.

Today in history where in Dallas, Texas, the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated.  Kennedy, along with his wife Jackie and the Governor of Texas, John Connally and his wife were riding in a convertible as part of a ten mile motorcade.  About 12:30 three shots rang our from the sixth floor of the Texas Schoolbook Depository, killing Kennedy and seriously injuring Connally.   Vice President Lyndon Johnson, who was three cars behind President Kennedy in the motorcade, was sworn in as the 36th president of the United States at 2:39 p.m. He took the presidential oath of office aboard Air Force One as it sat on the runway at Dallas Love Field airport. The swearing in was witnessed by some 30 people, including Jacqueline Kennedy, who was still wearing clothes stained with her husband’s blood. Seven minutes later, the presidential jet took off for Washington.  Listen to the podcast here;

Fun Fact September 1, 2021.

We’ve been having some pretty powerful storms lately, were you scared?  There are a couple of phobias that may describe your fear. According to Very Well Mind dot com, anemophobia is often, though not always, related to other weather-based phobias. Lilapsophobia is the fear of severe storms, while astraphobia is the fear of more run of the mill weather events such as thunder and lightning.  The fear is not always based on being afraid of being injured by the storm, but loss of identity as winds blow personal items away or not being able to control the situation, or loss of personal control.  Children and pets are especially susceptible to weather phobias, primarily because they don’t understand exactly what is happening.