December 31 - 1926: The "first" Bourne Bridge

1962: Epic blizzard blasts Northeast, 18 die. 1997: Michael Kennedy dies in ski accident
The "first" Bourne Bridge.

1926: The "first" Bourne Bridge made navigation challenging

Cape Cod Canal opens three weeks before the Panama Canal

The Cape Cod Canal was opened with much fanfare on July 29, 1914, a toll waterway put into operation less than three weeks before the Panama Canal opened.

Back then it bore only a slight resemblance to the canal we know today.

This photo above depicts the Bourne Highway Bridge on Dec. 31, 1926. The limitations of its clearance — even with the sides in the upright position — made navigation challenging, and it was the site of frequent ship collisions.

New bridges allowing safer navigation were completed in 1935.

1962: Storm claimed at least 18 lives and created snow drifts 20 feet deep

"A freak of nature" hits our region hard

On this day, the last of 1962, a savage winter storm, "a freak of nature" as described by the Associated Press, "continued its merciless assault on the Northeast" with "below-zero temperatures and howling, destructive winds."

The storm claimed at least 18 lives and created snow drifts 20 feet deep, temperatures plunging to 35 below zero on the summit of Mount Washington and winds gusting to 80 miles per hour.

"New Year's Eve celebrations were curtailed in many areas by the ravages of the gale," the AP reported.

The story onb the right is from the Chicago Tribune of that day and describes the condition in Maine..

1997: Michael LeMoyne Kennedy dies in  ski accident

The son of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy

On this day in 1997 Michael LeMoyne Kennedy died in a skiing accident in Aspen, Colorado. He was playing football while on skis with several other members of the Kennedy family when he hit a tree. Kennedy was not wearing a helmet or other safety equipment. Some have alleged that the family had been previously warned by the ski patrol to cease the activity.

Michael was the sixth of eleven children of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy.

Shortly after his death a Boston Globe article alleged that in 1995 Kennedy had an affair with his family's babysitter. No charges were filed because the babysitter would not cooperate. See the People story here. Photo courtesy of the Dowling Family Genealogy.

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