May 24

On this day. 1883. President Chester Arthur was on hand for the opening of an American marvel: The Brooklyn Bridge. A future president — New York Gov. Grover Cleveland — joined him. The Brooklyn Bridge was the first bridge to be built across the East River linking Manhattan and Brooklyn. It was an engineering marvel, utilizing numerous construction techniques that had never before been attempted on such a massive scale.

On this day. 1973: President Richard Nixon hosted the largest dinner in White House history, welcoming newly freed prisoners of war from Vietnam. More than 1,200 guests attended.

On this day. 2002: President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed SORT — the Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty, limiting each country's nuclear arsenals to between 1700-2200 deployed warheads.

Quote of the day

"Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?" -Abraham Lincoln

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