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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

On this day: The Rideau Canal Opened

On May 30, 1832, the Rideau Canal opened between Kingston and Ottawa, providing British forces with a safe supply route away from the US border. These days it is a summer boating attraction for locals and tourists, and designated a…

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Friday, 30th May 2014
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On this day: Ground was broken for Fenway Park

On September 25, 1911, ground was broken for Fenway Park in Boston, the oldest ballpark still in use in the…

On this day: Devils Tower Declared a National Monument

On this day in 1906, Devils Tower in Wyoming was declared a National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt. Seventy years…

On this day: Lincoln Center Opened

On September 23, 1962, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts opened in New York. The Avery Fisher Hall, home…

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