On this day: March 29

POSTED: 09:37 AM PDT Mar 26, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Mar 28, 2013 

Coca-Cola is brewed for the first time, Elvis Presley begins boot camp, the last U.S. soldiers leave Vietnam, Henry Fonda wins his first and only Oscar, and the Tennessee Lady Vols complete an unbeaten season, all on this day.

OTD March 29 - Cumberland Road
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1806: Construction is authorized of the Great National Pike, better known as the Cumberland Road, becoming the first United States federal highway. The approximately 620-mile long National Road provided a connection between the Potomac and Ohio rivers and a gateway to the West for thousands of settlers.

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