On this day: Sydney Opera House Opened

On October 20, 1973, Sydney Opera House opened to the public following 14 years of construction. The building actually houses several venues of different sizes, with the main Concert Hall housing the largest organ of its type in the world,…

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Monday, 20th October 2014

On this day: First British Open Golf Championship

On this day in 1860 the first British Open Golf Championship was held at the Prestwick Golf Club. Eight golfers vied for the title over a single day of competition comprising three rounds of the twelve-hole course. Willie Park Senior…

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Friday, 17th October 2014

On this day: Skye Bridge Opened

Scotlands’ Skye Bridge opened on this day 19 years ago, physically linking the islands to the mainland for the first time and replacing a ferry which had run in various forms since the 17th century. Tolls to use the bridge…

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Thursday, 16th October 2014

On this day: Wayne Gretzky Sets Points Record

On this day 25 years ago Wayne Gretzky became the leading points scorer in NHL history. Not long after he was traded to the LA Kings, he played against his former club, the Edmonton Oilers when he scored his 1851st…

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Wednesday, 15th October 2014

On this day: Construction Started on Regents Canal

On October 14, 1812, construction work started on the Regents Canal. Linking the Grand Union Canal to the River Thames, the waterway was part of a larger plan by John Nash to redevelop parts of north London, at the behest…

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Tuesday, 14th October 2014

On this day: Greenwich Mean Time Was Established

On this day 130 years ago, Greenwich in London was established as the ‘zero longitude’ for universal time, commonly known in the UK as Greenwich Mean Time. The exact meridian is is marked by a line in the ground and…

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Monday, 13th October 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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