Today, in 1869, Joshua Norton, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico, commanded that a bridge be built to span the Golden Gate.
On May 23, 1923, the Golden Gate Bridge Highway District Act of California was passed.
On January 5, 1933, construction of the Golden Gate Bridge began in Marin County.
On February 26, 1933, ground was ceremoniously broken for construction of the Golden Gate Bridge.
On November 18, 1936, the Golden Gate Bridge's main span was joined.
On May 27, 1937, at 06:00, the Golden Gate Bridge was dedicated and open to pedestrian traffic. The next day, at Noon, Franklin Delano Roosevelt pressed a telegraph key in the White House signaling the opening of The Bridge to motor vehicles.
On July 1, 1971, the Golden Gate Bridge bonds were retired. The promise to terminate the taking of tolls was broken.
On February 22, 1985, the billionth vehicle crossed The Bridge.
On May 27, 1987, the towers of The Bridge were illuminated.
Although Joseph B. Strauss has taken, and been given, credit for building The Bridge, Charles Ellis and Leon Moisseiff are the “technical and theoretical brains behind the design of The Bridge” — Historical Review Committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers