On this day: St Isaac’s Cathedral Was Inaugurated

On August 19, 1768, St Isaac’s Cathedral in St Petersburg was inaugurated. An estimated ten thousand tree trunks were embedded in the swampy ground to provide a stable base for the immense structure. Unfortunately the primitive spray-painting method used to…

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Tuesday, 19th August 2014

On this day: The Last Day of Woodstock

On this day 45 years ago, the Woodstock festival wrapped up on Max Yasgur’s farm, with bands playing through the night, including Crosby, Still, Nash and Young. Although the crowd had peaked at around 400,000 during the weekend, when Jimi…

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Monday, 18th August 2014

The New Seven(ish) Wonders of the World

At the turn of the millennium, an effort was launched by a Swiss foundation to identify the ‘New 7 Wonders of the World’, through a “decidedly unscientific” polling method allowing the public to vote – online or by phone –…

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Friday, 15th August 2014

On this day: Tivoli Gardens Opened

On August 15, 1843, Tivoli Gardens opened in Copenhagen. One of the oldest surviving theme parks in the world, this lovely enclave from a bustling city has something for everyone – rollercoasters and fairground attractions, gardens and restaurants, theatres and…

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Friday, 15th August 2014

On this day: Cologne Cathedral Was Completed

Construction of Cologne Cathedral was completed on August 14, 1880 – finishing a process which started over 600 years earlier! It claims to have the largest Church façade in the world, and the largest free-swinging bell in the world –…

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Thursday, 14th August 2014

On this day: Canso Causeway Opened

On August 13, 1955, the Canso Causeway was officially opened with a ceremony involving parades and speeches, meaning that the island of Cape Breton was connected to mainland Canada, so technically no longer an island. (Rail and road traffic had…

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Wednesday, 13th August 2014

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On this day: MLK’s I have a Dream Speech

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr gave his famous I Have a Dream speech. Standing on the steps…

Colima (Volcano Week 7)

Colima is an active volcano in Mexico — one of the most active in North America. With an elevation of…

On this day: Elvis Met The Beatles

On August 27, 1965, Elvis Presley met The Beatles at his L.A. mansion. The English quartet were on a break…

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