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August 4
1892 House Speaker Charles Crisp of Georgia refuses to allow a vote on General Roy Stone's National Highway Commission Bill, effectively killing it when Congress adjourns the next day. Some House members had objected to the bill as an invasion of States' rights and also feared it would lead to a large-scale road building program. Disappointed, General Stone, co-lobbyist James Dunn, and others turn their attention to the problem of winning public support for the bill, leading to creation of the National League for Good Roads, on October 20, 1892, to finance and direct a nationwide publicity campaign.
1970 In Atlanta, the Bridge Division holds the first of nine 3-day Bridge Inspector Training Symposia. Over 50 State and Federal bridge design, maintenance, and training officials attend. In addition to a slate of speakers, headed by AASHO Executive Director Alfred Johnson, the symposium features a chapter-by-chapter presentation of the Bridge Inspector's Training Manual by the Bridge Division's Stanley Gordon, John O'Fallon, and Joseph Policelli.
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