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2001

The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens

On this day in 2001, Italy's Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after a team of experts spent 11 years and $27 million to fortify the tower without eliminating its famous lean.In the twelfth century, construction began on the bell tower for the cathedral of Pisa, a busy trade centre on the Arno River in western Italy, some 50 miles from Florence. While construction was still in progress, the tower's... Read more >

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1979

Trivial Pursuit Invented

Cheese? Wedge? Wedge? Cheese? Where do you stand in the great Trivial Pursuit ‘what do you call those little bits of plastic you stick in the round thing’ debate? Two people who may be able to shed some light onto the whole thing are Chris Haney and Scott Abbott who created the game on this day in 1979. They came up with the whole idea while playing Scrabble and decided that they could do a... Read more >