GoDC Links: Exploding Manhole Covers?

Here are your morning GoDC links …

Today is the 83rd birthday of our nation’s first African-American Governor, Doug Wilder, who served from 1990 to 1994. He was also mayor of Richmond from 2005 to 2009.

Twenty years ago, today, it was really cold in D.C. Apparently the high was only 28 degrees and the low was down below 4 degrees. [Farmer’s Almanac]

A ridiculously big Ferris wheel is coming to National Harbor. It’s 175 feet, which is still tiny compared to the vertigo-inducing London Eye (443 feet – only the third tallest in the world!). [DCist] By the way, do you know the origin of Ferris wheels? Well, it’s capitalized because it’s named for George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. who built the original in Chicago for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, standing 264 feet — D.C. bid on hosting the exposition, but failed.

Researchers have found that our historic (i.e., super old) piping infrastructure is leaking natural gas, sometimes to extremely dangerous levels. That’s not good. [Washington Post] We don’t want an explosion like this one on Pennsylvania Ave. or this one at the D.C. Armory.

It’s Friday!