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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

On this day: Toulouse-Lautrec Died

On September 1, 1901, French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec died at the age of 36. Despite health problems throughout his short life, he took to a bohemian Paris lifestyle easily, and captured the city’s late-19th century life in all its…

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Tuesday, 9th September 2014

On this day: First Football League Games

Saturday afternoons were never the same after September 8, 1888, when the first games were played amongst the twelve teams in England’s new Football League. Among the teams, all from the midlands and north-west, Preston North End beat Burnley 5-2,…

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Monday, 8th September 2014

On this day: Russian Beard Tax

Three hundred and sixteen years ago, Emperor Peter I of Russia was in an ongoing battle with the Slavic elites about modernising the country and making it more ‘European’. One casualty of this campaign was … the traditional long beard!…

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Friday, 5th September 2014

Transporter Bridges

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, almost two dozen transporter bridges were built around the world. They feature a high gantry – tall enough to allow ships to pass below – carrying a gondola to transport foot passengers…

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Thursday, 4th September 2014
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Rock ‘n’ Roll R.I.P.s

The world has a certain reverential (or just morbid) fascination with the death sites of famous musicians. The pantheon of dead music legends is far too great (and depressing) to capture in just one article, but here’s a look at just some of the famous/infamous places where great talents have met untimely ends.

Google Boat View

A few years ago it was a common joke to suggest that Google would follow the success of Street View…

England’s Model Villages

During the 19th and early 20th centuries, villages were constructed by English industrialists and landowners to provide housing close to…

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