On this day: Woody Guthrie Died

This Land is Your Land… Woody Guthrie died on this day in 1967. The acclaimed song-writer and performer of traditional and political music is commemorated with a statue in his birthplace of Okemah, OK.

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Friday, 3rd October 2014

On this day: Cartier Visited Hochelaga (Montreal)

On October 2, 1535, Jacques Cartier became the first European to sight Mont Royal and the large village of Hochelaga, where he was greeted by a sizeable crowd. Over time it became the rather larger community of Montreal. Cartier was…

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Thursday, 2nd October 2014

On this day: The Panama Canal Zone Reverted to Panama

On this day 35 years ago, the US returned sovereignty of the land around the Panama Canal to Panama. Since the US had financed and constructed the canal, the land 8km (5miles) on either side of it, except in cities,…

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Wednesday, 1st October 2014

On this day: Hoover Dam was Dedicated

On September 30, 1935, the Hoover Dam was dedicated by President Franklin D Roosevelt. Construction was completed six months later, an astounding 2 years ahead of schedule, despite immense challenges and experimental building techniques. Photosphere by Roelof de Vries

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Tuesday, 30th September 2014

On this day: Blackpool Tramway Opened

On this day in 1885, the Tramway in Blackpool opened – the first of its kind in the world. These days the 18km (11 mile) system carries more than 6 million passengers a year, mostly on shiny new trams, though…

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Monday, 29th September 2014

On this day: The Queen Mary was Launched

Eighty years ago today the RMS Queen Mary was launched in Clydebank Scotland. She served as a luxury cruise liner for Cunard for about three decades, until age forced her into retirement. Instead of being scrapped, she was moored permanently…

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Friday, 26th September 2014

Welcome to Google Sightseeing

Google Sightseeing takes you on a tour of the world as seen from satellite, using the free Google Earth program, or Google Maps in your web browser. Our team of authors present weird and wonderful sights as suggested by readers.

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Previously on Google Sightseeing

Train Hotels

A few years ago we took a detailed look at Canada’s Grand Railway Hotels (parts 1, 2, 3). To look…

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…

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…

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