On this day: Hawaii Annexation Ceremony

On August 12, 1898, the annexation of Hawaii by the United States was formally completed with a ceremony at ‘Iolani Palace. The islands’ Queen and other leaders refused to attend in protest of the takeover which had been in effect…

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Tuesday, 12th August 2014

On this day: Babe Ruth’s 500th Home Run

On this date 85 years ago, Babe Ruth became the first member of an exclusive club when he hit his 500th home run. Only 25 other players have reached the mark to date. Ruth’s 500th came at League Park in…

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Monday, 11th August 2014

On this day: Abbey Road Cover Photo Taken

On August 8, 1969, the cover photo for The Beatles’ Abbey Road album was taken by Iain Macmillan, with the band walking across the zebra crossing outside the studio. The site is visited by countless tourists each year, and there…

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Friday, 8th August 2014

On this day: Construction Started on the Dome of Florence Basilica

On August 7, 1420, construction started on the dome of Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence. Work on the structure had been going on under various architects for well over a century at this point, and it would…

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Thursday, 7th August 2014

On this day: Andy Warhol Was Born

“In the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.” On August 6, 1928, Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh, PA. Although he is most associated with the art scene in New York, his native city has a museum (website)…

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Wednesday, 6th August 2014

On this day: The Cornerstone Was Laid For The Statue of Liberty

On August 5, 1884, the cornerstone was laid for the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty on Bledloe’s Island, which was later renamed Liberty Island. While France was providing the statue, the US had to pay for its pedestal, though…

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Tuesday, 5th August 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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