Milestones: May 20, 1985

DIED. Donald Coleman Bailey, 83, British civil engineer who devised World War II's ingeniously simple Bailey bridge, which with its prefabricated interchangeable panels was easily assembled onsite and carried Allied troops, tanks and guns across Europe's rivers; in Ringwood, England. "It was quite the best thing in its line we have ever had," said Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery of the bridge, which earned Bailey a knighthood in 1946.

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