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On this day in History January 29 - February 4

By Fiona Roberts

January 29, 2017 - February 4, 2017 - This week features the architect of the Sydney Opera House, the first suspension bridge, the opening of the Pompidou Centre, the marriage of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, the first speculative economic bubble, and the Folies Bergère in Paris.

January 29, 1957: Danish architect Joern Utzon won a competition to design the Sydney Opera House. The striking roof line resembles gleaming sails above the waters of the harbour

January 30, 1790: The Menai Suspension Bridge, designed by Thomas Telford and considered the world’s first modern suspension bridge, was opened in Wales

January 31,2007: Archaeologists announced the excavation of the largest Neolithic settlement discovered in Britain, a 4,600-year-old village used by the builders of Stonehenge

February 1, 1977: The Pompidou Centre, designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, opened in Paris. It houses a vast public library and Europe’s largest modern art museum

February 2, 2002: Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands married Argentinian Maxima Zorreguieta. They became king and queen after Queen Beatrix abdicated in 2013

February 3, 1637: Tulip mania collapsed in the Netherlands after soaring prices decimated sales. It is regarded as the first recorded speculative economic bubble

February 4, 1927: Popular U.S.-born nightclub dancer Josephine Baker caused a sensation when performing at the Folies Bergère in Paris, dressed only in a bunch of bananas

PUBLISHED:11/01/2017; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty, Associated Press
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