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On this day: The First Episode of Coronation Street

On December 9, 1960, the first episode of British soap opera Coronation Street was broadcast on Granada Television. Still going strong 54 years and over 8400 episodes later, the show is broadcast several times each week in the UK and…

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Tuesday, 9th December 2014

On this day: Band Aid Recorded ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’

What is this non-descript building in north-west London, you ask? It just happens to be the studio where one of the biggest selling singles in UK history was recorded. On this date in 1984, a star-studded list of pop and…

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Tuesday, 25th November 2014

On this day: Doctor Who First Broadcast

Hello time-travellers… Today we’re visiting the Tardis to celebrate the 51st anniversary of the broadcast of the first episode of Doctor Who on the BBC. Through the wonders of Street View you can tour the interior of the famous “bigger…

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Sunday, 23rd November 2014

On this day: Guy Fawkes Night

On this day in 1605 Guy Fawkes was arrested after he was discovered guarding a huge stash of gunpowder intended to blow up the House of Lords during the State Opening of Parliament later in the day. Fawkes was one…

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Wednesday, 5th November 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
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On this day: Blondin Crossed Niagara Gorge on a Tightrope

On June 30, 1859, The Great Charles Blondin became the first person to cross the Niagara Gorge on a tightrope.…

On this day: The Battle of Berne

On June 27, 1954, a World Cup Quarter Final game between Hungary and Brazil turned ugly with increasingly aggressive play…

The World’s Longest Bridge

While we have looked at a number of very long bridges here on Google Sightseeing in the past1 generally they…

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