san-francisco-bay-bridge-california-1935.jpgA lot of scholarly ink has been spilled over the concept that one is more inclined to die in the days around one’s birthday, which is one of the reasons the possibility that the Bay Bridge was going to get blown up yesterday seemed all the more ominous: today, Curbed reminds us, is the Bay Bridge’s 74th birthday.

NBC Bay Area gets especially effusive, saying “On this date in 1936 you opened for business — the business of connecting the East Bay with the Peninsula. The business of providing a bedroom community for a bustling, albeit, compact city. And you succeeded beyond belief.”

The Bay Bridge shares its birthday with a number of luminaries, including, says USA Today, Wallace Shawn (67), Neil Young (sorry about that fire!) (65), Megan Mullally (52, wow she looks good!), Ryan Gosling (30), Anne Hathaway (28), and Omarion (26).

While the Bridge is apparently not accepting gifts, you can send your wishes to them via twitter, to the all business, “official” @baybridgeinfo or to my fave, the less official @SFBayBridge, who, just moments ago, cheerily announced “I’m getting more construction for my birthday!”

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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