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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: MLK’s I have a Dream Speech

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr gave his famous I Have a Dream speech. Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, King addressed an immense crowd of a quarter of a million civil rights supporters. It has…

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Thursday, 28th August 2014

On this day: The only presidential marriage to take place at the White House

On June 2, 1886, Grover Cleveland became the only US President to marry in the White House when he wed Frances Folsom in the Blue Room. We can’t imagine it happening today, but apparently in the late 19th century it…

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Monday, 2nd June 2014

MLB Stadium Tour – National League

With the regular season winding down and the postseason approaching, it is time to conclude our look at some of the more unusual features of MLB ballparks. We looked at the American League back in July, so now it’s time…

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Tuesday, 13th September 2011

Oddities in Washington, DC

Most residents of Washington, DC typically go about their daily lives removed from political machinations. Today we’re going to explore my hometown, but skip the monuments, the museums and the stereotypes to enjoy a more unusual geography. We have Exclaves…

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Monday, 22nd November 2010

Masonic Temples Around the World

Freemasonry is the world’s largest and oldest fraternity. It’s also sort of hard to define. It’s a fraternal organisation, but it’s also bound up with ideas of morals, charity, and social gatherings.1 For centuries, Masons have taken pride in constructing…

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Friday, 23rd July 2010
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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…

Population: One

Recently the town of Burford, Wyoming made the headlines when it was sold for $900,000, which isn’t a bad price…

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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