On this day: St Mark’s Campanile Collapsed

On July 14, 1902, after a couple of weeks of ominous cracking, St Mark’s Campanile in Venice collapsed. Apparently the caretaker’s cat was the only victim of the building’s failure. Council swiftly approved funds to rebuild the tower, which opened…

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Monday, 14th July 2014

On this day: The Hollywood Bowl Opened

On July 11, 1922, the Hollywood Bowl opened. Although less formal performances had been held in this natural amphitheatre for a few years (Wikipedia has a photo of a female duo playing on a stage consisting of a barn door),…

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Friday, 11th July 2014

On this day: Camille Pissarro Was Born

On July 10, 1830, painter Camille Pissarro was born on the island of St Thomas, then part of the Danish West Indies. He spent his teenage years at boarding school in France, and returned there at age 25, quickly developing…

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Thursday, 10th July 2014

On this day: The First Wimbledon Championship

Strawberries and cream, anyone? The first Wimbledon Tennis Championship began on this day in 1877, at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Twenty two players took part, with Spencer Gore becoming the winner ten days later, winning a…

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Wednesday, 9th July 2014

On this day: Final Space Shuttle Launch

On July 8, 2011, the Space Shuttle Atlantis took off from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida – the final launch of a Shuttle. After docking with the International Space Station for 9 days, Atlantis returned to…

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Tuesday, 8th July 2014

On this day: The First Loaf of Sliced Bread Was Sold

Do you think this website is the best thing since sliced bread? Great, we do too … and today marks the 96th anniversary of the first sliced loaf which was sold by the Chillicothe Baking Company in Missouri. The momentous…

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Monday, 7th July 2014

Welcome to Google Sightseeing

Google Sightseeing takes you on a tour of the world as seen from satellite, using the free Google Earth program, or Google Maps in your web browser. Our team of authors present weird and wonderful sights as suggested by readers.

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Previously on Google Sightseeing

My 200th Post – A Look Back

Almost six years ago I wrote a brief article for Google Sightseeing. Today marks my 200th full-length1 post, so I’m…

On this day: Loch Ness Monster Legend Began

The legend of the Loch Ness Monster began on this day 1450 years ago, when Irish monk Columba banished a…

On this day: The Mona Lisa Was Stolen

Call Inspector Clouseau! On August 21, 1911 the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre. The case was a mystery…

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