On this day: First Person to go over Niagara Falls in a Barrel

On October 24, 1901, Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. A cat used as a test subject a couple of days earlier survived with only a cut to the…

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Friday, 24th October 2014

Ghost Towns of Chile

In a country as large and historically rich as Chile, it’s no surprise that ghost towns abound throughout the country. Now with full Street View coverage throughout Chile, it’s time to take a peek at some of these fascinating lost communities.

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Thursday, 23rd October 2014

On this day: Pelé was born

Celebrating his 74th birthday today is Pelé, one of the greatest ever football players. At least we think he is celebrating – Wikipedia says he was born on either October 21 or 23. He is commemorated by several statues, including…

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Thursday, 23rd October 2014

On this day: Paul Cézanne Died

On this day in 1906, French painter Paul Cézanne died. Montagne Saint-Victoire, circa 1890, is amongst many of his works displayed at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

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Wednesday, 22nd October 2014

On this day: USS Constitution Launched

On October 21, 1797, the USS Constitution was launched in Boston Harbor. Nicknamed ‘Old Ironsides’, the vessel has far outlived the 10-15 years that a wooden ship usually lasted in the era, and is in fact the oldest commissioned naval…

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Tuesday, 21st October 2014

On this day: Sydney Opera House Opened

On October 20, 1973, Sydney Opera House opened to the public following 14 years of construction. The building actually houses several venues of different sizes, with the main Concert Hall housing the largest organ of its type in the world,…

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Monday, 20th October 2014
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On this day: The Battle of Berne

On June 27, 1954, a World Cup Quarter Final game between Hungary and Brazil turned ugly with increasingly aggressive play…

On this day: The Coney Island Cyclone Opened

Remain seated and keep your hands inside at all times … On June 26, 1927, the Coney Island Cyclone wooden…

Google Tower View

Perhaps skip reading this post if you don’t have a head for heights – today we’re heading up to look…

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