On this day: The Teton Dam Collapsed

June 5, 1976, was a bleak day for engineering history with the collapse of the Teton Dam. This brand new structure  was built over 3 years at a cost of at least $100million, with construction pushing on despite concerns about…

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Thursday, 5th June 2014

On this day: Ten Cent Beer Night Riot

On June 4, 1974, the Cleveland Indians attempted to boost attendance for their baseball game at Cleveland Stadium by selling beer for only 10¢, an 85% discount. Surprisingly, the plan backfired, as the crowd – able to purchase six beers…

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Wednesday, 4th June 2014

On this day: The first successful climb of an 8000m mountain

On June 3, 1950, French climbers Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal completed the first successful ascent of a mountain over 8,000m – Annapurna I. It would be 20 years until the feat was repeated. They received grand acclaim for their…

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Tuesday, 3rd June 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

On this day: The Rideau Canal Opened

On May 30, 1832, the Rideau Canal opened between Kingston and Ottawa, providing British forces with a safe supply route away from the US border. These days it is a summer boating attraction for locals and tourists, and designated a…

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Friday, 30th May 2014

Airmail Arrows Across the USA

In the early days of the US Postal Service’s national airmail service, pilots had to navigate across the USA by sight alone – a task that bad weather could make extremely difficult. And so a network of towers was built,…

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Friday, 30th May 2014

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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

On this day: The Afsluitdijk Opened

On May 28, 1932, the (unpronounceable for those of us outside the Netherlands) Afsluitdijk opened. This 32km (20mile) dike is…

On this day: The Golden Gate Bridge Opened

On May 27, 1937, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge opened, with around 200,000 people walking or roller-skating across on the…

On this day: The Vauxhall Bridge Opened

On May 26, 1906, the new Vauxhall Bridge across the Thames in London opened. This was five years later than…

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