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The New Seven(ish) Wonders of the World

At the turn of the millennium, an effort was launched by a Swiss foundation to identify the ‘New 7 Wonders of the World’, through a “decidedly unscientific” polling method allowing the public to vote – online or by phone –…

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Friday, 15th 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: 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: The Cornerstone Was Laid For The Statue of Liberty

On August 5, 1884, the cornerstone was laid for the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty on Bledloe’s Island, which was later renamed Liberty Island. While France was providing the statue, the US had to pay for its pedestal, though…

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Tuesday, 5th August 2014

On this day: Independence Day

July 4th is Independence Day in the United States. It celebrates the 1776 adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress which took place at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Parades, barbecues and fireworks are among the most…

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Friday, 4th July 2014

On this day: Mumtaz Mahal Died

On June 17, 1631, Mumtaz Mahal, the wife of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, died while giving birth. The magnificent white marble mausoleum he had built for her is arguably the world’s most famous building – the Taj Mahal. The city…

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Tuesday, 17th June 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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