North America

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

On this day: The first train on Chicago’s ‘L’

On June 6, 1892, the first section of Chicago’s iconic ‘L’ (elevated) transit system opened. The Chicago and South Side Rapid Transit Railroad had been constructed along an alley stretching 5.8km (3.6miles) from Van Buren St to 37th St. Thirty…

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Friday, 6th June 2014
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