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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

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

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

On this day: First Person to Swim the English Channel

On August 25, 1875, Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim across the English Channel, from Dover to Calais. His second attempt at the feat took him close to 22 hours, and while a straight-line swim would have…

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Monday, 25th August 2014

On this day: Abbey Road Cover Photo Taken

On August 8, 1969, the cover photo for The Beatles’ Abbey Road album was taken by Iain Macmillan, with the band walking across the zebra crossing outside the studio. The site is visited by countless tourists each year, and there…

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Friday, 8th August 2014
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On this day: The Mona Lisa Was Stolen

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