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By Tim ONeill
Funny Guy 

Galloping Gertie, Sadie Hawkins Day

This week in history


Nov. 7: 1940—A heavy wind storm causes the first Tacoma Narrows suspension bridge (nicknamed “Galloping Gertie”) to collapse. 1997—The first step in building the world’s largest hydroelectric project begins when Chinese engineers block the Yangtze River (despite opposition by the Friends of the Yangtze). Born: Albert Camus (1913). Died: Steve McQueen (1980). International Tongue Twister Day. Today’s Word: Scutcheon—where a ship’s name is displayed on the stern.

Nov. 8: 1994—The Death With Dignity Act is approved by 51 percent of voters in Oregon, which becomes the first state permitting some terminally ill patients to determine the time of their own physician-assisted d...

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