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On this day: Roy O. Disney was Born

On June 24, 1893, Roy O. Disney was born. While Walt Disney was the creative partner, Roy looked after the business side of things, helping grow the company into the giant entertainment industry that it is today. After Walt’s death…

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Tuesday, 24th June 2014

On this day: Canada’s First National Park

On June 23, 1887, Canada created it’s first national park in Banff, Alberta. While a small reserve had been created a couple of years earlier, a new act of Parliament established what was then called the Rocky Mountains Park, intended…

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Monday, 23rd June 2014

On this day: Pinball was Banned in Atlanta

June 19, 1939 was a dark, dark day in the city of Atlanta. The city council voted to outlaw … pinball. Seen as “encouraging moral degeneration amongst children”, the machines and their “electrical click-click” fell silent a short time later,…

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Thursday, 19th June 2014

On this day: The Baseball Hall of Fame Opened

On June 12, 1939, the Baseball Hall of Fame opened in Cooperstown, NY. The attraction – originally developed as a ruse by a local hotel owner to attract tourists – was boosted by a myth that the game was invented…

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Thursday, 12th June 2014

On this day: Construction Started on Fort Hamilton

On June 11, 1825, the cornerstone was laid for Fort Hamilton in New York City. Although a site of military significance since 1776, the War of 1812 spurred the construction of defensive forts along the coast. Today it is the…

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Wednesday, 11th June 2014

On this day: Cartier Discovered the St Lawrence

On June 9, 1534, Jacques Cartier became the first European to see the St Lawrence River, where he spent some time exploring before returning to France. Although many people consider this as the start of Canadian history, it is actually…

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Monday, 9th June 2014
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Volcanoes of the Northern Marianas (Volcano Week 7)

The Mariana Islands are part of a great submerged mountain range that extends all the way from Guam north to Japan. While the southern Marianas are known worldwide as tourist destinations, the uninhabited northernmost islands are actually a long string of active volcanoes fed by the subduction of the Pacific Plate into the Mariana Trench, the deepest location on Earth.

Quirky Border Towns of North America

Have you ever walked through the front door of a building in one country and walked out the back door…

Sakura-jima (Volcano Week 7)

Once a volcanic island centered in Japan’s Kagoshima Bay, during an eruption in 1914 the Sakura-jima volcano decided to change…

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