Buildings

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 in the swampy ground to provide a stable base for the immense structure. Unfortunately the primitive spray-painting method used to…

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Tuesday, 19th August 2014

On this day: Cologne Cathedral Was Completed

Construction of Cologne Cathedral was completed on August 14, 1880 – finishing a process which started over 600 years earlier! It claims to have the largest Church façade in the world, and the largest free-swinging bell in the world –…

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Thursday, 14th August 2014

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
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On this day: The Vauxhall Bridge Opened

On May 26, 1906, the new Vauxhall Bridge across the Thames in London opened. This was five years later than…

On this day: The Main Branch of the NY Public Library Opened

On May 23, 1911, the imposing Main Branch of the New York Public Library was opened to the public, with…

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