On this day: The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace Was Consecrated

On this day in 1990, the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in  Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) was consecrated by Pope John Paul II.  The largest Church in Africa (and maybe the world, depending what criteria you look at) has…

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Wednesday, 10th September 2014

On this day: Toulouse-Lautrec Died

On September 1, 1901, French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec died at the age of 36. Despite health problems throughout his short life, he took to a bohemian Paris lifestyle easily, and captured the city’s late-19th century life in all its…

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Tuesday, 9th September 2014

On this day: First Football League Games

Saturday afternoons were never the same after September 8, 1888, when the first games were played amongst the twelve teams in England’s new Football League. Among the teams, all from the midlands and north-west, Preston North End beat Burnley 5-2,…

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Monday, 8th September 2014

On this day: Russian Beard Tax

Three hundred and sixteen years ago, Emperor Peter I of Russia was in an ongoing battle with the Slavic elites about modernising the country and making it more ‘European’. One casualty of this campaign was … the traditional long beard!…

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Friday, 5th September 2014

Transporter Bridges

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, almost two dozen transporter bridges were built around the world. They feature a high gantry – tall enough to allow ships to pass below – carrying a gondola to transport foot passengers…

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Thursday, 4th September 2014

On this day: Google was Incorporated

Google (a company that you may have heard us mention on this site) was formally incorporated on this day in 1998, making the transition from Sergey Brin and Larry Page’s research project to an official business. (Although many people prefer…

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Thursday, 4th September 2014
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Volcanoes of the Northern Marianas (Volcano Week 7)

The Mariana Islands are part of a great submerged mountain range that extends all the way from Guam north to Japan. While the southern Marianas are known worldwide as tourist destinations, the uninhabited northernmost islands are actually a long string of active volcanoes fed by the subduction of the Pacific Plate into the Mariana Trench, the deepest location on Earth.

Google Sightseeing writer set to climb Africa’s tallest volcano

Two years ago our very own Noel Ballantyne wrote an article for Volcano Week 5 about Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant…

Sakura-jima (Volcano Week 7)

Once a volcanic island centered in Japan’s Kagoshima Bay, during an eruption in 1914 the Sakura-jima volcano decided to change…

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