On this day: Hawaii Annexation Ceremony

On August 12, 1898, the annexation of Hawaii by the United States was formally completed with a ceremony at ‘Iolani Palace. The islands’ Queen and other leaders refused to attend in protest of the takeover which had been in effect…

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Tuesday, 12th August 2014

On this day: Babe Ruth’s 500th Home Run

On this date 85 years ago, Babe Ruth became the first member of an exclusive club when he hit his 500th home run. Only 25 other players have reached the mark to date. Ruth’s 500th came at League Park in…

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Monday, 11th August 2014

On this day: Abbey Road Cover Photo Taken

On August 8, 1969, the cover photo for The Beatles’ Abbey Road album was taken by Iain Macmillan, with the band walking across the zebra crossing outside the studio. The site is visited by countless tourists each year, and there…

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Friday, 8th August 2014

On this day: Construction Started on the Dome of Florence Basilica

On August 7, 1420, construction started on the dome of Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence. Work on the structure had been going on under various architects for well over a century at this point, and it would…

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Thursday, 7th August 2014

On this day: Andy Warhol Was Born

“In the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.” On August 6, 1928, Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh, PA. Although he is most associated with the art scene in New York, his native city has a museum (website)…

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Wednesday, 6th August 2014

On this day: The Cornerstone Was Laid For The Statue of Liberty

On August 5, 1884, the cornerstone was laid for the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty on Bledloe’s Island, which was later renamed Liberty Island. While France was providing the statue, the US had to pay for its pedestal, though…

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Tuesday, 5th August 2014

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On this day: Paul Cézanne Died

On this day in 1906, French painter Paul Cézanne died. Montagne Saint-Victoire, circa 1890, is amongst many of his works…

On this day: USS Constitution Launched

On October 21, 1797, the USS Constitution was launched in Boston Harbor. Nicknamed ‘Old Ironsides’, the vessel has far outlived…

On this day: Sydney Opera House Opened

On October 20, 1973, Sydney Opera House opened to the public following 14 years of construction. The building actually houses…

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