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On this day: Loch Ness Monster Legend Began

The legend of the Loch Ness Monster began on this day 1450 years ago, when Irish monk Columba banished a ‘water beast’ to the depths after it killed a man who had been swimming in the River Ness. (Although the…

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Friday, 22nd August 2014

On this day: The Mona Lisa Was Stolen

Call Inspector Clouseau! On August 21, 1911 the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre. The case was a mystery for two years until the thief (a museum employee who believed the painting belonged in Italy) was discovered when attempting…

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Thursday, 21st August 2014

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

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: Tivoli Gardens Opened

On August 15, 1843, Tivoli Gardens opened in Copenhagen. One of the oldest surviving theme parks in the world, this lovely enclave from a bustling city has something for everyone – rollercoasters and fairground attractions, gardens and restaurants, theatres and…

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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
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