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5 Fun Facts About November 18 In Colorado History

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1. On November 18, 1922, Mount Evans Scenic Byway, the highest paved road in North America, was dedicated in Colorado. The road is a popular destination for tourists and offers stunning views of the surrounding Rocky Mountains.

2. In 1931, on this day, scientists and researchers from the National Bureau of Standards in Boulder, Colorado, discovered a method for producing pure uranium. This discovery was crucial for the development of nuclear energy and atomic bombs.

3. On November 18, 1965, the world's first successful operation to separate conjoined twins was performed at the University of Colorado Medical Center. The twins, who shared a liver and other organs, were separated in a 24-hour surgery that involved over 40 medical personnel.

4. In 1987, on this day, Gary Hart, the former Colorado Senator and presidential candidate, announced his withdrawal from the presidential race after a media scandal involving an extramarital affair. The incident led to a national debate on the role of the media in politics and personal privacy.

5. More recently, on November 18, 2016, a train carrying hazardous materials derailed in the town of Lamar, Colorado. The incident led to the evacuation of 400 residents and Clean-Up efforts that lasted several weeks.
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