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

On this day: The First Known Ascent of Everest

On May 29, 1953, Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary made the first known ascent of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain. The question of whether a 1924 expedition succeeded will remain a mystery forever. Since then, and particularly in the…

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Thursday, 29th May 2014

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 part of a larger flood-protection scheme. Near the mid point is a monument and viewing tower. On the inland side…

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Wednesday, 28th May 2014

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 first day before it was opened to traffic. Close to a million people visited for the 50th anniversary celebration in…

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Tuesday, 27th May 2014

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 planned, as the process had to be delayed after somebody came to the (kind-of-important) realisation that the river bed couldn’t…

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Monday, 26th May 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.

Google Boat View

A few years ago it was a common joke to suggest that Google would follow the success of Street View…

Google Sea View

Not content with covering almost every road in the world, Google have partnered with the University of Queensland to produce…

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