February 20, 1986 : Chunnel plans announced

Introduction

Attempts to dig a channel tunnel between Britain and France date back to 1883, and Napoleon drew blueprints for a tunnel in 1802. Yet not until February 20, 1986, were France and Britain able to announce that a tunnel would soon become a reality. Trains, cars and buses would be able to speed through the tunnel in less than half an hour. Construction began in December 1987 and the “chunnel” was finally completed in 1994.

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February 20, 1986 : Chunnel plans announced

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    2010

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    February 20, 1986 : Chunnel plans announced

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    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/chunnel-plans-announced

  • Access Date

    November 20, 2017

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