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

On this day: W.B. Yeats Was Born

On June 13, 1865, Irish poet W.B. Yeats was born in Dublin. His family soon relocated to Sligo, where he is honoured with a statue on Stephen Street (at least we think it’s him – Google blurred his face for…

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Friday, 13th June 2014

On this day: The Baseball Hall of Fame Opened

On June 12, 1939, the Baseball Hall of Fame opened in Cooperstown, NY. The attraction – originally developed as a ruse by a local hotel owner to attract tourists – was boosted by a myth that the game was invented…

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Thursday, 12th June 2014

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

World Cup 2014 Brazil

After much controversy1 around construction delays, worker deaths and civil unrest over the cost of the event and other issues, the 2014 FIFA World Cup will get underway in Brazil on Thursday, with a game between the host nation and…

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Wednesday, 11th 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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On this day: Blondin Crossed Niagara Gorge on a Tightrope

On June 30, 1859, The Great Charles Blondin became the first person to cross the Niagara Gorge on a tightrope.…

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 Beatles’ Liverpool

Fifty-five years ago today a teenager named Paul McCartney somewhat grudgingly went to a concert by The Quarrymen at St…

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