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Schubert: Piano Trio in E-flat major, Op. 100 , New England Conservatory


Schubert: Piano Trio in E-flat major, Op. 100

this day in the yesteryear: New London Bridge Opens (1831)


New London Bridge Opens (1831)

The London Bridge of nursery-rhyme fame was built around 1200. Damaged by many fires over the years, it was replaced with a new, five-arched, granite bridge in 1831. The New London Bridge spanned the city’s River Thames for over a century. In 1968, American entrepreneur Robert P. McCulloch purchased and reconstructed the bridge in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where it has since become Arizona’s second biggest tourist attraction after the Grand Canyon. How much did McCulloch pay for the bridge? More… Discuss

THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: GRAND CANYON DESIGNATED A NATIONAL MONUMENT (1908)


Grand Canyon Designated a National Monument (1908)

Arizona’s Grand Canyon, the great gorge of the Colorado River, is one of the natural wonders of the world. The canyon reaches depths greater than 1 mile (1.6 km), and its multicolored rock layers and steep rims are renowned for their beauty. After visiting the Grand Canyon in 1903, US President Theodore Roosevelt—an avid conservationist—became a major proponent of its preservation and designated it a US National Monument on January 11, 1908. Who fought against his efforts? More… Discuss

 

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GRAND-ER CANYON DISCOVERED UNDER GREENLAND ICE SHEET


Grand-er Canyon Discovered Under Greenland Ice Sheet

Hidden beneath the ice sheet that covers much ofGreenland is a vast canyon half a mile (800 m) deep and 470 miles (750 km) in length. By comparison, the Grand Canyon, though deeper, is just 217 miles (349 km) long. The hidden gorge, which has never been seen by human eyes, was discovered by chance as scientists researching climate change mapped Greenland’s bedrock. Now covered by an ice sheet that is 2 miles (3 km) thick at points and is so heavy it causes the entire island of Greenland to sag in the middle, the canyon was likely carved millions of years ago by an ancient river. More… Discuss

 

Grand Canyon to Be Tightrope Walker’s Next Challenge


Grand Canyon to Be Tightrope Walker’s Next Challenge

Last June, aerialist Nik Wallenda captivated the public with his daring tightrope crossing of Niagara Falls. He had planned to pull off the stunt without a safety harness, but the network airing the event insisted that he wear one. This coming June, however, he will be completely untethered as he attempts to traverse the Grand Canyon—on a cable suspended 1,500 feet (457 meters) above the ground. His 1,500-foot-long (457-meter-long) tightrope walk is to be televised live on the Discovery ChannelMore… Discuss