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On this day: Final Day of Montreal Olympics

Look up ‘boondoggle‘ in the dictionary and you may find a picture of Montreal’s Olympic Stadium. The final day of competition for the summer Olympics took place on this day in 1976… but the stadium’s nickname The Big O soon…

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Thursday, 31st July 2014

On this day: Monsterrat Volcanic Eruption

On July 18, 1995, the Soufrière Hills volcano on Montserrat started erupting, and has been active ever since. It has devastated the island, leaving more than half of it – including the capital Plymouth – uninhabitable.

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Friday, 18th July 2014

On this day: Disneyland Opened

On July 17, 1955, Walt Disney opened the first of his corporation’s theme parks – Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. Although 14,000 guests and media were invited, just as many people with fake tickets showed up. Traffic chaos and plumbing problems…

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Thursday, 17th July 2014

Natural Arches

Natural arches – also known as natural bridges – are formed when relatively soft rock is worn away by the action of tides, rivers or weather erosion, leaving behind a bridge-like structure of harder rock. Although there are thousands around…

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Wednesday, 16th July 2014

On this day: The Hollywood Bowl Opened

On July 11, 1922, the Hollywood Bowl opened. Although less formal performances had been held in this natural amphitheatre for a few years (Wikipedia has a photo of a female duo playing on a stage consisting of a barn door),…

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Friday, 11th July 2014

On this day: Final Space Shuttle Launch

On July 8, 2011, the Space Shuttle Atlantis took off from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida – the final launch of a Shuttle. After docking with the International Space Station for 9 days, Atlantis returned to…

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Tuesday, 8th July 2014
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Previously on Google Sightseeing

On this day: The Mona Lisa Was Stolen

Call Inspector Clouseau! On August 21, 1911 the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre. The case was a mystery…

On this day: Eero Saarinen Was Born

Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen was born on this day in 1910. His most famous work is probably the Gateway Arch…

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…

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