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On this day: The SS United States Started Across the Atlantic

On July 3, 1952, the SS United States departed from New York on her maiden journey across the Atlantic. Her great speed allowed an American-flagged vessel to take the Blue Riband for the first time in a century, beating the…

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Thursday, 3rd July 2014

On this day: World UFO Day

We hope that you’re wearing your tinfoil hat to celebrate World UFO Day which is held each year on July 2nd, the approximate date that an alien spaceship crashed in Roswell, New Mexico. Although a spokesperson initially confirmed that a…

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Wednesday, 2nd July 2014

On this day: Canada Day

July 1st is ‘Canada’s Birthday’ – the annual celebration of the 1867 formation of the country when three British Empire colonies united. The biggest Canada Day party in the country takes place in the capital, Ottawa, where several hundred thousand…

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Tuesday, 1st July 2014

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. While it is often assumed that he crossed over the falls themselves, he in fact crossed near the site of…

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Monday, 30th June 2014

Google Tower View

Perhaps skip reading this post if you don’t have a head for heights – today we’re heading up to look at the scenery from a few observation towers that have been visited by Google’s Street View cameras1. First up, the…

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Thursday, 26th June 2014

On this day: The Coney Island Cyclone Opened

Remain seated and keep your hands inside at all times … On June 26, 1927, the Coney Island Cyclone wooden roller coaster opened to a public that had recently developed a passion for thrill rides. Fully restored in the 1970s,…

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Thursday, 26th June 2014
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On this day: The Vauxhall Bridge Opened

On May 26, 1906, the new Vauxhall Bridge across the Thames in London opened. This was five years later than…

On this day: The Main Branch of the NY Public Library Opened

On May 23, 1911, the imposing Main Branch of the New York Public Library was opened to the public, with…

Population: One

Recently the town of Burford, Wyoming made the headlines when it was sold for $900,000, which isn’t a bad price…

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  1. Wayne: I’ve taken one of those half-day tours to Niihau. The helicopter company, owned by the Robinson family,...
  2. Jel: And that’s not to mention the Dutch 11-towns race, when and if it gets cold enough – nigh on 200km....
  3. Andrew Thielmann: Not longest skating anymore: the skating trail on the lake in Invermere (lat/lng:50.493583,...
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