On this day: Band Aid Recorded ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’

What is this non-descript building in north-west London, you ask? It just happens to be the studio where one of the biggest selling singles in UK history was recorded. On this date in 1984, a star-studded list of pop and…

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Tuesday, 25th November 2014

On this day: Doctor Who First Broadcast

Hello time-travellers… Today we’re visiting the Tardis to celebrate the 51st anniversary of the broadcast of the first episode of Doctor Who on the BBC. Through the wonders of Street View you can tour the interior of the famous “bigger…

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Sunday, 23rd November 2014

On this day: Lake Peigneur Drained

In a major industrial ‘oops’, on this day 34 years ago, a man-made disaster drained Lake Peigneur in Louisiana. Although the exact cause isn’t known, it is believed that an oil rig miscalculated its position and drilled into a vast…

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Thursday, 20th November 2014

On this day: Geography Awareness Week

Today is the start of Geography Awareness Week in the US, and as we’re rather fond of geography here at Google Sightseeing, what better way to celebrate than with a look back at some of the geographically special (or weird)…

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Monday, 17th November 2014

The Pearl-Qatar artificial island complex

The Pearl-Qatar is a luxurious residential and resort development being constructed on a network of artificial islands in the waters north of the Qatari capital Doha. The development’s name comes from the pearl-diving industry which used to be based on…

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Thursday, 13th November 2014

On this day: the Velvet Underground’s First Concert

On this day in 1965, the Velvet Underground performed their first real concert at a high school dance in Summit, New Jersey. Drummer Angus MacLise quit the band in protest at actually getting paid and having to play on time…

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Tuesday, 11th November 2014
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Previously on Google Sightseeing

On this day: The Mona Lisa Was Stolen

Call Inspector Clouseau! On August 21, 1911 the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre. The case was a mystery…

On this day: Eero Saarinen Was Born

Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen was born on this day in 1910. His most famous work is probably the Gateway Arch…

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…

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