This week in travel: Dec. 3-9, 2012

Deborah Hopewell

Dec. 3, 1999

1999 — American Tori Murden became the first woman to row alone across the Atlantic Ocean. It took her 81 days to reach the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe from the Canary Islands, traveling a total of 2,962 miles. (It was her second attempt; the previous year, her trip was halted because of hurricane season.) Ten years later her memoir of the experience was published: "A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean." Today Murden is the president of Spalding University in Louisville, KY.

Dec. 4, 1991

1991 - Pan American World Airways ceased operations after declaring bankruptcy.  And the world said good-bye to some of the classiest uniforms to ever serve at cruising altitude.

Dec. 6, 1884
The construction of the Washington Monument — the world's tallest obelisk, at 555 feet, 5 inches — was completed by Army engineers. It took 36 years to build, including a hiatus of 23 years due to, among other things, the Civil War

Dec. 8, 1953

Los Angeles became the third largest city in the United States, leaving Philadelphia in the dust.

Dec. 9, 1867

The capital of Colorado Territory is moved from Golden to Denver. Golden, however, went on to become a capital of a different sort: Its Coors Brewery is the largest single brewery facility in the world.