AMERICANA: It Takes All Kinds

Texas. A single Thanksgiving would hardly suffice for the citizens of the biggest state in the nation, Governor Allan Shivers decided. He proclaimed both Nov. 23 and Nov. 30 as legal Thanksgiving holidays in Texas.

Washington. Ten years after the collapse of "Galloping Gertie," their suspension bridge over the Puget Sound Narrows, the citizens of Tacoma dedicated another and bigger $18 million bridge of the same type, built on the old piers. Engineers boasted that it was 58 times stronger than the previous one. Nickname: "Sturdy Gertie."

Michigan. The Linguaphone Institute of America decided that this year the cities in which...

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