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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: 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: Fire at Weston-Super-Mare’s Grand Pier

On July 28, 2008, the Grand Pier at Weston-Super-Mare burned down. This classic seaside icon dates from 1904 but had first burned and was rebuilt in the 1930s. When the newly reconstructed pier opened in October 2010, more than 100,000…

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Monday, 28th July 2014

On this day: Richard Rogers Was Born

On July 23, 1933, architect Richard Rogers was born in Florence. His family moved to England during WWII. He has designed many notable buildings including the Senedd in Cardiff, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and London’s Millennium Dome.

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Wednesday, 23rd July 2014

On this day: Jacques-Germain Soufflot Was Born

On July 22, 1713, French architect Jacques-Germain Soufflot was born. He is best known for designing a Church originally dedicated to St Genevieve, but which later became the Panthéon, a secular temple where distinguished French citizens are interred. Residents include…

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Tuesday, 22nd July 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.

Quirky Border Towns of North America

Have you ever walked through the front door of a building in one country and walked out the back door…

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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