On this day: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was Born

On May 22, 1859, the author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh. 221B Baker Street is, of course, the residence of his most famous character Sherlock Homes. The address didn’t actually exist until the street was extended in…

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Thursday, 22nd May 2014

On this day: Charles Lindbergh Completed His Trans-Atlantic Flight

On May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh landed at Le Bourget Field in Paris, completing the first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic and winning the $25,000 Orteig prize. Although six aviators had previously died trying to win the prize, Lindbergh…

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Wednesday, 21st May 2014

On this day: York Minster was Damaged by Fire

On May 20, 1840, an accidental fire damaged a large part of York Minster. Just one of a number of fires which have blighted the building over the centuries, this one in particular led the Church into serious debt and…

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Tuesday, 20th May 2014

On this day: The Celsius Thermometer was Invented

On May 19, 1743, the first Celsius mercury thermometer design was published by Jean-Pierre Christin. Only a handful of countries still doggedly hold on to the Fahrenheit scale, including the US where the World’s Tallest Thermometer is found in Baker,…

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Monday, 19th May 2014

On this day: The First Academy Awards

On May 16, 1929, the first Academy Awards (Oscars) took place at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. 270 people paid $5 for dinner and the ceremony took all of 15 minutes – a far cry from the bloated excess of the…

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Friday, 16th May 2014

The Walls of Ston

Although the walls in question are made of stone, the title of this post isn’t missing an ‘e’. Ston is a town in Croatia which is the proud owner of Europe’s longest structure. The walls of Ston are defensive walls…

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Thursday, 15th 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

On this day: The Menin Gate Was Unveiled

On July 24, 1927, the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing was unveiled in Ypres, Belgium. The Gate commemorates soldiers…

Top Ten World’s Tallest Statues

The roster of the world’s tallest statues is dominated by Buddhist figures, with most of the top ten (actually 11…

On this day: Richard Rogers Was Born

On July 23, 1933, architect Richard Rogers was born in Florence. His family moved to England during WWII. He has…

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