On this day: Cornerstone laid for US Capitol

On this day in 1793, the cornerstone was laid for the US Capitol building, by nine Freemasons in full regalia – George Washington among them. The city’s quadrants meet here, and the city was configured around the building.

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Thursday, 18th September 2014

On this day: Pittsburgh Civic Arena Opened

On September 17, 1961, the world’s first retractable dome stadium opened in Pittsburgh, PA. Originally built as an opera venue, it also hosted boxing, concerts and other entertainment events – with the roof open whenever the weather permitted. In 1967…

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Wednesday, 17th September 2014

On this day: Malaysia Day

September 16 marks Malaysia Day – celebrating the creation of the Malaysian federation 51 years ago today. Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak and Singapore formed the new nation, though instability led Singapore to become independent a couple of years later.

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Tuesday, 16th September 2014

On this day: Zond 5 Rocket Launched

On this day in 1968, Russia launched the Zond 5 rocket from Baikonur. It was the first spacecraft to travel around the moon and return to Earth; serving a mainly scientific purpose, the expedition carried two tortoises and assorted insects…

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Monday, 15th September 2014

On this day: Newport Transporter Bridge Opened

On September 12, 1906, the Newport Transporter Bridge opened, carrying vehicle and foot traffic across the River Usk. A gondola hanging from the main boom is carried back and forth between two supporting towers. There are less than ten of…

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Friday, 12th September 2014

On this day: Ground was Broken for The Pentagon

Mid way through WWII, on this day in 1941, ground was broken for the Pentagon, the headquarters for the US Department of Defense. Thirteen years ago it was targeted as part of the 9/11 attacks and a section of the…

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Thursday, 11th September 2014
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On this day: The Afsluitdijk Opened

On May 28, 1932, the (unpronounceable for those of us outside the Netherlands) Afsluitdijk opened. This 32km (20mile) dike is…

On this day: The Golden Gate Bridge Opened

On May 27, 1937, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge opened, with around 200,000 people walking or roller-skating across on the…

On this day: The Vauxhall Bridge Opened

On May 26, 1906, the new Vauxhall Bridge across the Thames in London opened. This was five years later than…

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