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On this day: Talk Like a Pirate Day!

ARRRRRRRRRRRRR! It be talk like a pirate day. Afore ye find yerself becalmed, feast yer eyes on this grand vessel used in a nightly pirate-themed show at the finely-named Treasure Island casino in Las Vegas (Avast! That’s nowhere near the…

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Friday, 19th September 2014

On this day: Cornerstone laid for US Capitol

On this day in 1793, the cornerstone was laid for the US Capitol building, by nine Freemasons in full regalia – George Washington among them. The city’s quadrants meet here, and the city was configured around the building.

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Thursday, 18th September 2014

On this day: Pittsburgh Civic Arena Opened

On September 17, 1961, the world’s first retractable dome stadium opened in Pittsburgh, PA. Originally built as an opera venue, it also hosted boxing, concerts and other entertainment events – with the roof open whenever the weather permitted. In 1967…

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Wednesday, 17th September 2014

On this day: Malaysia Day

September 16 marks Malaysia Day – celebrating the creation of the Malaysian federation 51 years ago today. Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak and Singapore formed the new nation, though instability led Singapore to become independent a couple of years later.

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Tuesday, 16th September 2014

On this day: Zond 5 Rocket Launched

On this day in 1968, Russia launched the Zond 5 rocket from Baikonur. It was the first spacecraft to travel around the moon and return to Earth; serving a mainly scientific purpose, the expedition carried two tortoises and assorted insects…

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Monday, 15th September 2014

On this day: Newport Transporter Bridge Opened

On September 12, 1906, the Newport Transporter Bridge opened, carrying vehicle and foot traffic across the River Usk. A gondola hanging from the main boom is carried back and forth between two supporting towers. There are less than ten of…

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Friday, 12th September 2014

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On this day: Pelé was born

Celebrating his 74th birthday today is Pelé, one of the greatest ever football players. At least we think he is…

Ghost Towns of Chile

In a country as large and historically rich as Chile, it’s no surprise that ghost towns abound throughout the country. Now with full Street View coverage throughout Chile, it’s time to take a peek at some of these fascinating lost communities.

On this day: Paul Cézanne Died

On this day in 1906, French painter Paul Cézanne died. Montagne Saint-Victoire, circa 1890, is amongst many of his works…

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