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On this day: Happy Halloween!

BOO! Take time out from trick-or-treating to explore Tagsylvania – a haunted house theme park in New York state whose horrors are visible on Street View. Happy Halloween from all of us at Google Sightseeing!

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Friday, 31st October 2014

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
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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…

Undiscovered Hawaii: Lanai, Kahoolawe, and Niihau

Hawaii is one of the world’s great tourist destinations, with millions of people from around the world streaming into the islands each year. While most tourists lounge their time away on the beaches of Maui, Oahu, Molokai, Kauai, and the Big Island of Hawaii, many forget that there are eight major islands in the archipelago. Being Island Week, now is the perfect time to take a look at the other three major islands of the 50th state of the United States.

On this day: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was Born

On May 22, 1859, the author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh. 221B Baker Street is, of course,…

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