1533 Great Britain’s Queen Elizabeth I born. (See November 17th entry.)
1892 James J. Corbett beat John L. Sullivan. (See September 1st entry.)
1936 The Boulder Dam (Hoover Dam) went into operation.
You may not know it, but England’s Queen Elizabeth I was born on this day in 1533. During her reign William Shakespeare and others made the English language positively sing. Apparently this lyrical language was not lost on her. When Sir Walter Raleigh wrote to her, “Fain would I climb, yet fear I to fall.” Elizabeth replied, “If thy heart fails thee, climb not at all.”
Electrical power is a prime necessity in this nation. It was the same back in 1930. Growing cities and settlements in the west needed electricity as much as their eastern counterparts. So to meet their demand, the government spent six years harnessing the power of the Colorado River as it rushed through the Black Canyon at the Arizona - Nevada border. In 1936, Boulder Dam—which was later renamed Hoover Dam—was completed and went into operation on this very day. Besides supplying the west with much-needed energy, the project that President Herbert Hoover had authorized created a new body of water. Lake Mead has been a cool, relaxing oasis for vacationers ever since.