[Daily article] July 18: California State Route 56

State Route 56 (SR 56) is an east–west state highway in the U.S.
state of California. It runs 9.2 miles (14.8 km) from Interstate 5
(I-5) in the Carmel Valley neighborhood of San Diego to I-15. It is
named after Ted Williams, a baseball player born in San Diego. The
eastern terminus of the highway meets the western end of the Ted
Williams Parkway. SR 56 serves as an important connector between I-5
and I-15, being the only east–west freeway between SR 78 in north San
Diego County, several miles away, and SR 52 near Marine Corps Air
Station Miramar. SR 56 was added to the state highway system in 1959 as
Legislative Route 278, and was renumbered SR 56 in the 1964 state
highway renumbering. A plan in 1964 to connect SR 56 to the north end
of SR 125 and continue east to SR 67 did not come to fruition. The
eastern end from Black Mountain Road to I-15 was opened in 1993; the
western end from I-5 to Carmel Creek Road was delayed until 1995 by
several lawsuits. The two ends were not connected until the freeway was
completed in 2004; the delay was largely due to funding issues and
environmental concerns.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:

1389:

France and England agreed to the Truce of Leulinghem,
establishing a 13-year peace during the Hundred Years’ War.

1841:

Pedro II, the last Emperor of Brazil, having reigned in
minority since 1831, was acclaimed, crowned and consecrated.

1863:

American Civil War: Led by Union Army Colonel Robert Gould
Shaw, the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, the first formal African
American military unit, spearheaded an assault on Fort Wagner, South
Carolina.

1976:

At the Olympic Games in Montreal, Nadia Comăneci became the
first person to score a perfect 10 in a modern Olympics gymnastics
event.

1995:

Selena’s album Dreaming of You, instrumental in popularizing
Tejano music, was released posthumously.

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Wiktionary’s word of the day:

chinwag:
(Britain, informal) An informal conversation, usually about everyday
matters; a chat, a gossip.

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Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Education is the great engine of personal development. It is
through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor,
that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a
child of farmworkers can become the president of a great nation. It is
what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates
one person from another.  
–Nelson Mandela

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