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: Victoria Terminus Opened

On June 20, 1887, Victoria Terminus opened in Mumbai. Now known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, it is the busiest train station in India, with more than 3 million people a day passing through it. Jai Ho, the rousing closing song…

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Friday, 20th 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: Paul McCartney Was Born

On June 18, 1942, Paul McCartney was born. His childhood home was 20 Forthlin Road in Liverpool. Fifteen years later he joined John Lennon’s band The Quarrymen before going on to form a new band that you may have heard…

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Wednesday, 18th June 2014

On this day: Mumtaz Mahal Died

On June 17, 1631, Mumtaz Mahal, the wife of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, died while giving birth. The magnificent white marble mausoleum he had built for her is arguably the world’s most famous building – the Taj Mahal. The city…

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Tuesday, 17th June 2014

On this day: Literary History

June 16, 1816, was a rather important day in literary history. At the Villa Diodati in Switzerland, Lord Byron and his guests were forced to stay inside by “incessant rain”, so he read his story Fantasmagoriana, and then issued a…

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Monday, 16th June 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

Rock ‘n’ Roll R.I.P.s

The world has a certain reverential (or just morbid) fascination with the death sites of famous musicians. The pantheon of dead music legends is far too great (and depressing) to capture in just one article, but here’s a look at just some of the famous/infamous places where great talents have met untimely ends.

England’s Model Villages

During the 19th and early 20th centuries, villages were constructed by English industrialists and landowners to provide housing close to…

Top Ten Most Expensive Restaurants in the US

Last year bundle.com released a list of the 25 most expensive restaurants in the US, with mind-boggling average prices for…

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