On This Day
1938 – The Thousand Islands Bridge, connecting New York, United States with Ontario, Canada over the Saint Lawrence River, is dedicated by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The Thousand Islands International Bridge (French: Pont des Mille-îles) is an international bridge system over the Saint Lawrence River connecting northern New York in the United States with southeastern Ontario in Canada. Constructed in 1937, with additions in 1959, the bridges span the Canada–US border in the middle of the Thousand Islands region. All bridges in the system carry two lanes of traffic, one in each direction, with pedestrian sidewalks. The bridge is managed by an American company. The actual international border bridge crossing is a set of two parallel 90 ft (27 m) long bridges between Wellesley Island in the United States and Hill Island in Canada.
Born On This Day
1921 – Lydia Litvyak, Russian lieutenant and pilot (d. 1943)
Lydia Vladimirovna Litvyak (Лидия Владимировна Литвяк, (August 18, 1921, in Moscow – August 1, 1943, in Krasnyi Luch), also known as Lilya, was a fighter pilot in the Soviet Air Force during World War II. With five solo victories, soviet propaganda claimed up to twelve solo victories and two to four shared kills in 66 combat sorties. In about two years of operations, she was the first female fighter pilot to shoot down an enemy aircraft, the first of two female fighter pilots who have earned the title of fighter ace and the holder of the record for the greatest number of kills by a female fighter pilot. She was shot down near Orel during the Battle of Kursk as she attacked a formation of German aeroplanes.
By Elizabeth Werth: Anne-Cécile Itier and Her Bugatti Dominated the Early French Racing Scene
Anne-Cécile Rose-Itier , born Itier le July 31 , 1890 in Pomeys ( Rhône ) and died on March 23 , 1980 in Cannes at the age of 89, nicknamed Chicane mobile , was an eclectic driver and co-driver, rallies , rib races, and on circuits (at great prices, and in endurance ).
Her long competitive career stretched from 1926 ( Paris – Pau race, on Brasier , after her divorce at 31 years old) to 1953 ( Rally Monte Carlo ).
She raced frequently in the Cyclecar category from 1929. From 1931 to 1933, she drove a Bugatti T37 , then a T51 (after a brief passage on T39A associated with José Scaron ) from 1934, alternating with a Fiat 508S Balilla from 1935 .
She was also co-driver with the Englishman Kay Petre on Austin and very often with the German Fritz Huschke von Hanstein on Hanomag Diesel (German champion of cars of 1939 and winner of the Mille Miglia in 1940), with which she even a liaison, after the latter had saved her from death during the rally of Morocco in 1937. Her last race before the war was at his side, during the rally of Monte Carlo of 1939.
In 1935, with Jacques Delorme , Germaine Rouault and Hellé Nice, she founded the USA (Union sportive automobile), quickly becoming the ACI (Association for Independent Drivers) that she will continue to administer until the mid -1960s , under the aegis of the French Motor Sport Federation (FFSA). Mrs. Itier was entrusted with organizing the USA 1939 women’s championship (ten competitors aboard Juvaquatre ), for which the events of June 11 (circuit of Péronne , victory of Yvonne Simon ) and August 6 ( circuit of Comminges , winner Hellé Nice) were able to unfold despite the imminence of the war 1 .
During the Second World War , she helped run Jewish children out of France, despite her previous encounter with Von Hanstein. After the war, she ran again on her former Fiat Balilla, then quickly on Renault 4CV and then participated in the Monte Carlo, from 1948 (co-driver Hellé Nice , starlet of the 1930s ) to 1953 (then aged 58).
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