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Diamond Jubilee Dinner
on the occasion of the meeting
Panama Canal Commission Board of Directors
Tacoma, Washi n*gton Tuesday July 25, 1989
eventy-five years ago, the world hailed the monumental engineering achievement of the century. The opening of the Panama Canal on August 15, 1914, fulfilled the centuries-old dream of uniting the world's two great oceans and established a
new link in the world transportation chain.
To fully appreciate the magnitude of this unprecedented engineering feat, it is necessary to remember that its successful completion involved digging through the Continental Divide; constructing the largest earth dam ever built up to that time; designing and building the most massive canal locks ever envisioned; constructing the largest gates ever swung; conquering devastating landslides; and solving environmental and health problems of enormous proportions.
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