On this day in history.

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    Here are some modern views of some of the Aztec ruins in Mexico City.
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    Well, we did see some Aztec ruins in Mexico City near the gigantic Zocalo square (see pano pic) which covers much of the ceremonial area of Tenochtitlan - however off in one of the corners nearby are the ruins of the Templo Mayor, i.e. the main Aztec temple (2nd pic below) - not sure about the pics posted previously? Dave :)
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    August 19, 1909;

    The first race is held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This first race was 5 miles long and was won by Louis Schwitzer with an average speed of 57.4 miles per hour.
    Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Wikipedia

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    In the early 1990s, we flew into Indianapolis, and rented a car to take our son for his freshmen year at Indiana University in Bloomington (southern Indiana) - BUT, we decided to stay a couple of nights in Indy to see the sights - visited the Motor Speedway Museum which was much more impressive 'in person', especially the 2 1/2 mile track - took a fun bus tour around the track; also, there is an excellent museum on site, as shown in the pics. Dave :)
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    USS Constitution Nicknamed 'Old Ironsides' This Day in 1812

    The USS Constitution was named by George Washington and earned the nickname Old Ironsides this day in 1812 during the naval battle w/ the HMS Guerrière (see below) - the ship has been restored numerous times and can be seen and toured in Boston - there is a wonderful museum nearby - I've been aboard the ship probably three times but has been a while. Just one of the many historic attractions worth seeing when in Boston. Dave :)

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    Earthquake Shakes Charleston, South Carolina in 1886

    We been visiting Charleston, South Carolina for decades (beginning in the early 1970s) - this day in 1886, the largest recorded earthquake in the southeastern United States wreck havoc on the city - see quotes below for details. Initial pics below showing some of the damage caused by the earthquake, followed by current images of structures w/ 'earthquake bolts' - we've walked the streets of Charleston many times and have taken numerous carriage rides - these bolts are commonplace. Dave :)

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    Magellan’s expedition circumnavigates globe in 1522

    On September 6, 1522, one of Magellan's original five ships returned to Spain (without him) after an arduous 3-year trek around the world - more information in the quotes and pics, including a map showing Magellan's and later Drake's routes of circumnavigation. The first video is a short 8+ minute presentation that is well done; the second is the first part of 4 videos (total time about 60 mins) about the modern replica of the Nao Victoria, the sole ship that made the entire vovage in the early 16th century. Dave :)

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    September 11, 2001;

    Terrorists hijack airliners and fly them into the Pentagon and the World Trade Centre towers, killing all on board and thousands in the buildings. September 11 attacks - Wikipedia
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    Concerning the 9/11 disaster, there was an article in USA Today about the increasing numbers of first responders and survivors who are dying from diseases related to the event, particularly cancer - the mortality rate is approaching that of those killed on that day and will easily exceed that number in the upcoming years - another news story HERE - Dave :)
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    There was a similar situation among the survivors of the atomic bomb attacks at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Survivors are still dying from the effects of radiation exposure over 70 years later.
     

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