December 01

This Day in History


Madame Tussaud Is Born

"Every day–other than Christmas–thousands of tourists pour out of London’s Baker Street station en route to the curious mecca of waxed figures, Madame Tussauds. On display are life-like replicas of … (more...)


150th Anniversary of the death of Sir George Everest

Colonel Sir George Everest, surveyor and geographer extraordinaire, died on 1 December 1866, after a remarkable career highlighted by his role in the Great Trigonometric Survey of India. This … (more...)


First Metro in Southern Hemisphere

"On this day in 1913, the Buenos Aires Metro opened. It was the first subway system in Latin America, the southern hemisphere, and the entire Spanish-speaking world. In the early 20th century, … (more...)


Tunnelers Meet Under English Channel

The island of Britain is connected with the European mainland for the first time since the Ice Age when workers from England and France meet 40 meters beneath the English Channel seabed. Attempts to … (more...)