Tower bridge - designed by Sir J. Wolfe Barry and Sir Horace Jones, was officially opened to traffic on 30/06/1894.
Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London which crosses the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London and has become an iconic symbol of the city. In the second half of the 19th century, increased commercial development in the East End of London led to a requirement for a new river crossing downstream of London Bridge. A traditional fixed bridge could not be built because it would cut off access by tall-masted ships to the port facilities further up river. A committee was formed to find a solution to the river crossing problem, and it opened the design of the crossing to public competition - over 50 designs were submitted.
On this day
1859 Charles Blondin became the first person to tightrope walk across Niagara Falls. It took him
8 minutes cross the 1,110ft rope, suspended 160ft above the falls, watched by an audience of
over 20,000 people. On the return journey he stopped halfway to take photographs of the
crowd, many of whom fainted.
1966 American heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson was born.
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