The Iron Bridge (opened 01/01/1781) – Abraham Darby III
The Iron Bridge was the first arch bridge in the world to be made of cast iron. It crosses the River Severn in Shropshire, England, the area where Abraham Darby developed a method of producing affordable high quality iron on a large scale. Without iron there could have been no meaningful industrialisation – it was needed everywhere, so Darby’s contribution to the Industrial Revolution was incredibly important. It was Darby’s grandson who built the Iron Bridge; it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is regarded as an icon of the Industrial Revolution.
On this day …
1919 American writer J. D. Salinger was born – he is best known for The Catcher in the Rye.
1962 The Beatles failed an audition with Decca Records. An executive at Decca said: ‘We don't
like their sound and guitar music is on the way out’ and ‘The Beatles have no future in show business.’
Quote of the day
Humans are allergic to change. They love to say, "We've always done it this way." I try to fight that.
Grace Hopper, computer scientist and US Navy Rear Admiral who died 01/01/1992.
Did you know …?
The BBC banned the Beatles’ song I Am The Walrus for the use of the word ‘knickers’.