[Daily article] May 24: U.S. Route 113

U.S. Route 113 (US 113) extends 75 miles (121 km) from US 13 in
Pocomoke City, Maryland, north to Delaware Route 1 in Milford. The
highway, which until 2003 reconnected with US 13 in Dover, Delaware,
serves the Maryland towns of Snow Hill and Berlin and the Delaware towns
of Selbyville, Millsboro, and Georgetown. It follows the corridor of a
post road established in the late 18th century. The route was improved
as an all-weather road in the 1910s. The Delaware portion of the route,
including the former designation from Milford to Dover, was built by
Thomas Coleman DuPont’s company as the DuPont Highway, the first
sections of which were completed on May 24, 1917. DuPont foresaw that
traffic on highways would approach the speed and volume of railroads, so
he designed the highway with a wide right of way and curves and grades
adequate for high speed traffic. The DuPont Highway was one of the
earliest roads built with bypasses, roads that passed close to towns but
not directly through them. US 113 was widened and reconstructed in the
1930s and 1940s, including a bypass of Dover. The route was expanded to
a divided highway starting in the 1950s.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:

1883:

New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge opened – the longest
suspension bridge in the world at the time.

1930:

English aviatrix Amy Johnson landed in Darwin, Northern
Territory, becoming the first woman to successfully fly from England to
Australia.

1962:

Project Mercury: American astronaut Scott Carpenter orbited the
Earth three times in the Aurora 7 space capsule.

1970:

On the Kola Peninsula in Russia, drilling began on the Kola
Superdeep Borehole, eventually reaching 12,262 metres (40,230 ft),
making it the deepest hole ever drilled and the deepest artificial point
on the earth.

1982:

The port city of Khorramshahr was liberated by Iranian forces
during the Iran–Iraq War after 575 days.

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Wiktionary’s word of the day:

Mancunian:
A person raised or living in the city of Manchester, England, in the
United Kingdom.

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Wikiquote quote of the day:

  No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated,
disciplined. One of the widest gaps in human experience is the gap
between what we say we want to be and our willingness to discipline
ourselves to get there.  
–Harry Emerson Fosdick

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