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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: 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

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

Top Ten World’s Tallest Statues

The roster of the world’s tallest statues is dominated by Buddhist figures, with most of the top ten (actually 11 because of a tie) being representations of the Buddha or Guanyin. While we’ve looked at Very Large Buddhas twice before…

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Thursday, 24th July 2014

The contradictory position of satellite censorship

In the early days of online mapping, sensitive locations were often censored for security reasons. Examples include military installations, government buildings, royal residences, prisons, power plants and more. However in many cases blurring happened on one service but not another.…

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Thursday, 8th May 2014

Sochi Winter Olympics and Paralympics

A year ago we previewed the venues which were under construction for the upcoming Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Sochi, Russia. With the Opening Ceremony taking place on February 7th1 – to be followed by the Paralympics Opening Ceremony on…

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Wednesday, 5th February 2014
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On this day: Sydney Opera House Opened

On October 20, 1973, Sydney Opera House opened to the public following 14 years of construction. The building actually houses…

On this day: First British Open Golf Championship

On this day in 1860 the first British Open Golf Championship was held at the Prestwick Golf Club. Eight golfers…

On this day: Skye Bridge Opened

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