Whole lotta’ shakin’!

Over the weekend we watched the movie “San Andreas” staring The Rock.  Pretty good movie.  According to History dot com it was on April 18, 1906 that the Great San Francisco Earthquake happened.  It’s estimated that this quake would have registered an 8.0 on the Richter Scale, a measuring system that wasn’t introduced until 1935.  The shaking began at 5:13 am.  Fires immediately broke out and, because broken water mains prevented firefighters from stopping them, firestorms soon developed citywide.  in the face of significant aftershocks, firefighters and U.S. troops fought desperately to control the ongoing fire, often dynamiting whole city blocks to create firewalls.  By April 23, most fires had been put out, and the task of rebuilding the devastated city began. It was estimated that some 3,000 people died as a result of the Great San Francisco Earthquake and the devastating fires.  Almost 30,000 buildings were destroyed, including most of the city’s homes and nearly all the central business district.  Could it happen again?  The USGS estimates that there is about a 75% chance that a major earthquake will hit the San Francisco Bay area in the next 30 years.  Listen to the podcast here;  https://theriver953.com/lonnies-fun-fact/

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; https://theriver953.com/lonnies-fun-fact/ 

Fun Fact May 20, 2021.

I’m wearing a pair right now, and I’ll bet you have at least one pair in your closet.  I’m talking about blue jeans.  It was on this date in 1873 that businessmen Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss received a patent to create work pants reinforced with metal rivets.  First known as “waist overalls” they were sewn by seamstresses in their homes in and around San Francisco.  By the 1880’s Strauss opened a factory to produce the “XX” brand of blue jean, which would become the iconic and best selling 501 brand in 1890.  By the 1920s, Levi’s denim waist overalls were the top-selling men’s work pant in the United States.