Without getting all mushy and sentimental, I'd like to start by saying what a truly lucky girl I am to have such a wonderful husband. He's a wonderful dad to our children and without him, I honestly don't know what my life would have become. He's a very private person so I will spare you and him any more "sappiness."
As for the Golden Gate Bridge, it is one of the truly iconic landmarks of San Francisco. It was first opened to pedestrians on May 27, 1937 and traffic on May 28, 1937. It took just over 4 years to complete. The Golden Gate Strait (which the bridge spans) was named by John C. Fremont because "it reminded him of a harbor in Istanbul named Chrysoceras or Golden Horn." It has always been painted orange vermilion, deemed "International Orange." The distinctive orange color was chosen "because it blends well with the span's natural setting as it is a warm color consistent with the warm colors of the land masses in the setting as distinct from the cool colors of the sky and sea. It also provides enhanced visibility for passing ships."
If you're in the San Francisco Bay area on May 27th, you can help celebrate the bridge's birthday by participating in any of the events listed on this special anniversary website. There will even be a fireworks show (the bridge will be closed at that time) from 9:30-9:50.
I also noticed that even google has gotten into the birthday spirit!
Here is some video footage of the fireworks show as viewed from across the bay: