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On this day: Expo67 Closed

On this day in 1967, Expo67 closed in Montreal. The World’s Fair was hugely popular, drawing more than 50 million visitors during the six months it was open. More than 90 pavilions featured exhibits about 62 countries and a general…

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Wednesday, 29th October 2014

On this day: The Alaska Highway was Completed

On October 28, 1942, the Alaska Highway was completed, Stretching more than 2700km (1700miles) when it was built, it connected the contiguous states to Alaska via a highway through Canada. Once a dangerous and difficult drive over gravel and dirt…

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Tuesday, 28th October 2014

On this day: First Person to go over Niagara Falls in a Barrel

On October 24, 1901, Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. A cat used as a test subject a couple of days earlier survived with only a cut to the…

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Friday, 24th October 2014

On this day: USS Constitution Launched

On October 21, 1797, the USS Constitution was launched in Boston Harbor. Nicknamed ‘Old Ironsides’, the vessel has far outlived the 10-15 years that a wooden ship usually lasted in the era, and is in fact the oldest commissioned naval…

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Tuesday, 21st October 2014

On this day: Wayne Gretzky Sets Points Record

On this day 25 years ago Wayne Gretzky became the leading points scorer in NHL history. Not long after he was traded to the LA Kings, he played against his former club, the Edmonton Oilers when he scored his 1851st…

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Wednesday, 15th October 2014

On this day: World Egg Day

Scrambled? Fried? Poached? However you like them, today is World Egg Day. What better way to celebrate than with the self-proclaimed ‘World’s Largest Egg‘ in Winlock, WA? This 4m (12′) egg would make a lotta omelette if , you know,…

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Friday, 10th 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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