[Daily article] May 4: New York State Route 343

New York State Route 343 (NY 343) is a state highway in Dutchess
County, in the Hudson Valley of the U.S. state of New York. It runs
east–west from the intersection of NY 82 in the village of Millbrook
to the Connecticut state line in the hamlet of Amenia, where Connecticut
Route 343 continues briefly eastward. It was originally the Dover
branch of the Dutchess Turnpike, a 19th-century transportation route
between Litchfield County, Connecticut, and the city of Poughkeepsie.
NY 343 was designated in 1930, connecting Amenia to the state line, but
was relocated a few years later onto the portion of NY 200 from South
Millbrook to the hamlet of Dover Plains. Landmarks along the way include
the Silo Ridge Country Club in the hamlet of Wassaic, Beekman Park in
Amenia, and the Troutbeck Conference Center in the hamlet of Leedsville.
Connecticut Route 343 passes through more rural and residential areas
into the town of Sharon, Connecticut, where it terminates at a junction
with Route 4 and Route 41.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Pope Alexander VI issued the papal bull Inter caetera,
establishing a line of demarcation dividing the New World between Spain
and Portugal.


The first running of the Epsom Derby took place, won by Diomed,
owned by Charles Bunbury.


World War II: The Imperial Japanese Navy engaged Allied naval
forces at the Battle of the Coral Sea, the first fleet action in which
aircraft carriers engaged each other.


A fire at an industrial plant in Henderson, Nevada, U.S.,
caused tons of Space Shuttle fuel to explode, resulting in two deaths,
372 injuries, and $100 million in damage.


Ken Livingstone took office as the first Mayor of London.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

1. An apprentice or student Jedi.
2. (by extension, humorous) Any apprentice or student.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  It may be that we have become so feckless as a people that we no
longer care how things do work, but only what kind of quick, easy outer
impression they give. If so, there is little hope for our cities or
probably for much else in our society. But I do not think this is so.
–Jane Jacobs

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