[Daily article] January 14: California State Route 94

State Route 94 (SR 94) is a 63.3-mile (101.9 km) highway in the U.S.
state of California. The western portion, known as the Martin Luther
King Jr. Freeway, begins at Interstate 5 (I-5) in downtown San Diego and
continues to the end of the freeway portion past SR 125 in Spring
Valley. The non-freeway segment of SR 94 that continues east through
the mountains to I-8 near Boulevard is known as Campo Road. In the 19th
and early 20th centuries, this section was a wagon road providing access
to eastern San Diego County. The Campo road was often the only road
through the Peninsular Ranges to stay open for the entire winter; other
roads, at higher elevations, were closed due to snow, leading to
increased traffic along this road. It was added to the state highway
system in 1933, and signs for Route 94 were posted along local roads
later that decade. Efforts to convert the western half of the route to a
freeway got underway in the 1950s, and the freeway was complete by 1962
west of the road that became SR 125.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:

1900:

Giacomo Puccini’s opera Tosca (audio featured), based on the
play La Tosca by French dramatist Victorien Sardou, premiered at the
Teatro Costanzi in Rome.

1933:

Harold Larwood, of the England cricket team, employing the
controversial tactic known as Bodyline, bowled a ball into the chest of
the Australian cricket captain, Bill Woodfull, during play, in an image
that became one of the defining symbols of the series.

1943:

Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Charles de Gaulle,
and Henri Giraud met in Casablanca to plan the Allied European strategy
for the next phase of World War II.

1953:

Josip Broz Tito was inaugurated as the first President of
Yugoslavia.

1978:

Austrian logician Kurt Gödel, who suffered from an obsessive
fear of being poisoned, died of starvation after his wife was
hospitalized and unable to cook for him.

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Wiktionary’s word of the day:

windsucker:
1. A horse with the habit of windsucking.
2. (archaic) […]
3. The common kestrel (Falco tinnunculus).
4. (derogatory) A term of abuse.

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Wikiquote quote of the day:

  The thinking man must … oppose all cruel customs no matter how
deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo. True manhood is too
precious a spiritual good for us to surrender any part of it to
thoughtlessness.  
–Albert Schweitzer

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