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Veterans Stadium broke ground

The Veterans Stadium was a multi-purpose stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and housed the Philadelphia Phillies and Philadelphia Eagles. Its seating capacities were 65,358 for football, and 56,371 for baseball. The stadium opened with a $3 million scoreboard complex that at the time was the most expensive ever installed.

Twickenham Stadium opened

Twickenham Stadium in Twickenham, south-west London, England, is a rugby union stadium owned by the Rugby Football Union (RFU), English rugby union governing body, which has its headquarters there. The England national rugby union team plays home matches at the stadium. It is the world's largest rugby union stadium, the second largest stadium in the United Kingdom, behind Wembley Stadium, and the fourth largest in Europe.

August Komendant was born

August Eduard Komendant was an Estonian and American structural engineer and a pioneer in the field of prestressed concrete, which can be used to build stronger and more graceful structures than normal concrete. He was born in Estonia and educated in engineering in Germany. After World War II he immigrated to the United States, where he wrote several books on structural engineering and served as a professor of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania.

Karl von Terzaghi was born

Karl von Terzaghi was an Austrian mechanical engineer, geotechnical engineer, and geologist known as the "father of soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering". Born in Prague (then Austria-Hungary, now Czech Republic), became an American citizen in March 1943. He invented novel equipment as part of the work, and his 1924 book Erdbaumechanik auf Bodenphysikalischer Grundlage (The Mechanics of Earth Construction Based on Soil Physics) had a profound impact on the field. He worked at MIT and Harvard universities and was the first president of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE).

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