Europe

On this day: Skye Bridge Opened

Scotlands’ Skye Bridge opened on this day 19 years ago, physically linking the islands to the mainland for the first time and replacing a ferry which had run in various forms since the 17th century. Tolls to use the bridge…

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Thursday, 16th October 2014

On this day: Construction Started on Regents Canal

On October 14, 1812, construction work started on the Regents Canal. Linking the Grand Union Canal to the River Thames, the waterway was part of a larger plan by John Nash to redevelop parts of north London, at the behest…

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Tuesday, 14th October 2014

On this day: Greenwich Mean Time Was Established

On this day 130 years ago, Greenwich in London was established as the ‘zero longitude’ for universal time, commonly known in the UK as Greenwich Mean Time. The exact meridian is is marked by a line in the ground and…

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Monday, 13th October 2014

On this day: Le Corbusier was born

On October 6, 1887, architect Le Corbusier was born, though at the time he was known as Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris. He was a pioneer of modern architecture, and was determined to improve life for residents of crowded cities. Amongst his creations…

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Monday, 6th October 2014

On this day: Blackpool Tramway Opened

On this day in 1885, the Tramway in Blackpool opened – the first of its kind in the world. These days the 18km (11 mile) system carries more than 6 million passengers a year, mostly on shiny new trams, though…

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Monday, 29th September 2014

Large-Scale Sculptures by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

We’ve visited a handful of large-scale sculptures by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen in the past, but because we love them so much we thought we’d do a comprehensive round up of as many as possible, in roughly chronological…

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Friday, 19th September 2014
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On this day: The First Known Ascent of Everest

On May 29, 1953, Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary made the first known ascent of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest…

On this day: The Afsluitdijk Opened

On May 28, 1932, the (unpronounceable for those of us outside the Netherlands) Afsluitdijk opened. This 32km (20mile) dike is…

On this day: The Golden Gate Bridge Opened

On May 27, 1937, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge opened, with around 200,000 people walking or roller-skating across on the…

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