Today is the 82nd anniversary of the opening of the Holland Tunnel, an important engineering advance that connected New York and New Jersey. As The History Channel reports:
The Holland Tunnel between New York City and Jersey City, New Jersey, was officially opened on this day when President Calvin Coolidge telegraphed a signal from the presidential yacht, Mayflower, anchored in the Potomac River. Within an hour, over 20,000 people had walked the 9,250-foot distance between New York and New Jersey under the Hudson River, and the next day the tunnel opened for automobile service. The double-tubed underwater tunnel, the first of its kind in the United States, was built to accommodate nearly 2,000 vehicles per hour. Chief engineer Clifford Milburn Holland resolved the problem of ventilation by creating a highly advanced ventilation system that changed the air over 30 times an hour at the rate of over 3,000,000 cubic feet per minute.
We find no song about the Holland Tunnel, but Johnny Rivers did have a hit with “Baby, I Need Your Loving” by Holland-Dozier-Holland.
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