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On this day: Talk Like a Pirate Day!

ARRRRRRRRRRRRR! It be talk like a pirate day. Afore ye find yerself becalmed, feast yer eyes on this grand vessel used in a nightly pirate-themed show at the finely-named Treasure Island casino in Las Vegas (Avast! That’s nowhere near the…

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Friday, 19th September 2014

On this day: Cornerstone laid for US Capitol

On this day in 1793, the cornerstone was laid for the US Capitol building, by nine Freemasons in full regalia – George Washington among them. The city’s quadrants meet here, and the city was configured around the building.

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Thursday, 18th September 2014

On this day: Pittsburgh Civic Arena Opened

On September 17, 1961, the world’s first retractable dome stadium opened in Pittsburgh, PA. Originally built as an opera venue, it also hosted boxing, concerts and other entertainment events – with the roof open whenever the weather permitted. In 1967…

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Wednesday, 17th September 2014

On this day: Ground was Broken for The Pentagon

Mid way through WWII, on this day in 1941, ground was broken for the Pentagon, the headquarters for the US Department of Defense. Thirteen years ago it was targeted as part of the 9/11 attacks and a section of the…

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Thursday, 11th 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: Google was Incorporated

Google (a company that you may have heard us mention on this site) was formally incorporated on this day in 1998, making the transition from Sergey Brin and Larry Page’s research project to an official business. (Although many people prefer…

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Thursday, 4th September 2014
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Lesotho: Kingdom in the Sky

Lesotho is one of the most unique countries on the planet. It’s the southernmost landlocked country, the largest country that’s entirely surrounded by another country, and the highest country on Earth. Yet, it doesn’t really show up on too many people’s radar. With the arrival of Google Street View imagery this month to Lesotho, it’s time to shed some light on the world’s largest enclave.

On this day: Napoleon Died In Exile on Saint Helena

On May 5, 1821, Napoleon died on Saint Helena. Following his defeat in the Battle of Waterloo six years earlier,…

On this day: Mary Queen of Scots escaped Loch Leven castle

On May 2, 1568, Mary Queen of Scots escaped from Loch Leven Castle. After having been imprisoned on this isolated…

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