North America

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

Kudzu Infestation in the United States

Introduced to the southeastern United States in the 19th century as an ornamental plant and to help fight against soil erosion, the perennial vine known as kudzu has infested tens of thousands of square kilometres in the US, wiping out forests and native vegetation while covering and engulfing entire buildings.

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Friday, 6th June 2014

On this day: The Teton Dam Collapsed

June 5, 1976, was a bleak day for engineering history with the collapse of the Teton Dam. This brand new structure  was built over 3 years at a cost of at least $100million, with construction pushing on despite concerns about…

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Thursday, 5th June 2014

On this day: Ten Cent Beer Night Riot

On June 4, 1974, the Cleveland Indians attempted to boost attendance for their baseball game at Cleveland Stadium by selling beer for only 10¢, an 85% discount. Surprisingly, the plan backfired, as the crowd – able to purchase six beers…

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Wednesday, 4th June 2014
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