On this day: July 17

POSTED: 11:56 AM PDT Jul 16, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Jul 16, 2014 

Air conditioning is born, the "happiest place on Earth" opens up, and the Beatles get animated, all on this day.

OTD July 17 - Humber Bridge
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1981: The Humber Bridge at Kingston-upon-Hull, England, is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II. Upon its opening, the bridge became the longest single-span bridge in the world (1,542 yards), a record it would hold for 16 years.

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