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Locations of famous places in history

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Monte Castello - Italy

Monte Castello - Italy

THE TAKEOVER OF MONTE CASTELLO

On February 21, 1945 the Brazilian Expeditionary Force achieved one of its most remarkable feats during the Campaign of Italy—the conquest of Monte Castello, until then considered an inexpugnable fortress.

That conquest became legendary not only for its expressive tactical meaning but also for the extremely adverse conditions that inv...
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Latin America Memorial

Latin America Memorial

Latin America Memorial - Sao Paulo
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First nuclear chain reaction, Stagg Field, Chicago 1942

First nuclear chain reaction, Stagg Field, Chicago 1942

(Wikipedia) On December 2, 1942, under the direction of the brilliant Enrico Fermi, the world's first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction took place in the world's first nuclear reactor, Chicago Pile-1, shortened as CP-1, built on a racquets court under the abandoned west stands of the Alonzo Stagg Field stadium on the University of Chi...
No rating yet08/12/2005503Google Earth Logo
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Antigua Guatemala

Antigua Guatemala

The capital of the Kingdom of Coacthemala (Guatemala) until 1773, when it was destroyed by an earthquake.
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Salem, MA

Salem, MA

Salem, Massachusetts (Wikipedia link), site of the infamous 17th Century Witch Trials.
No rating yet08/10/2005393Google Earth Logo
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Smallest condominium in the world

Smallest condominium in the world

"Ile des faisans" is the most little condominium in the world. In this place was signed (7 november 1659) a peace treaty between spain and France (the Pyrenees Peace). Since this day, this island is a condominium. During 6 mounth this island is French. The other six Mounth, this island is Spanish.
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Llivia, Spain

Llivia, Spain

Llivia is a Spanish enclave in France (since 1659). Llivia is linked to Spain by a neutral/international road.
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Site of First McDonalds

Site of First McDonalds

Site of the first McDonald's ever, located at 1398 N. E St., San Bernardino, CA
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Little Big Horn Memorial

Little Big Horn Memorial

In the spring and summer of 1876 the United States Government launched a military campaign upon a portion of the Sioux and Cheyenne Indians, who refused to live within the boundaries of the Great Sioux Reservation. They chose to continue their traditional nomadic way of life. The campaign was initiated when a Government ultimatum to return to the Great Sioux Reservation, in South Dakota, by Jan...
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Ruetli Meadow

Ruetli Meadow

Pact of eternal mutual defence, thereby laying the foundation of the Swiss Confederation as it stands today.
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Over the horizon backscatter radar site

Over the horizon backscatter radar site

This site in Moscow, Maine was used to watch for Soviet missile attack during the Cold War. Abandoned almost as quickly as the Cold War. During its operational lifetime it provided cover to many marijuana farmers as surveillance helicopter flights were not allowed in the vicinity.
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Farnsworth invents television, San Francisco, 1927

Farnsworth invents television, San Francisco, 1927

Location of Philo Farnsworth's Green Street workshop in San Francisco, California, the spot where electronic television was invented. Original lab is gone but a nice memorial and plaque still remain.

From the Wikipedia: Farnsworth developed the vacuum tube television display, an idea he conceived at age 14 and developed at age 21. During a patent lawsuit against RCA his high school...
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Darunta Al-qaeda training camp (closed)

Darunta Al-qaeda training camp (closed)

Former al-qaeda training camp outside of Jalalabad, Afghanistan
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Rembrandts first workshop, Netherlands

Rembrandts first workshop, Netherlands

This is the workshop (or art studio) where Rembrandt van Rijn painted before he went to Amsterdam.
No rating yet08/02/2005335Google Earth Logo
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AZF plant explosion crater, France

AZF plant explosion crater, France

Crater left after the explosion of a large tank of ammonium nitrate. The explosion took place on September 21, 2001 (10 days after the World Trade Center terror attack) and left 31 victims.
Rating of 3.62508/02/2005888Google Earth Logo
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Waterloo battlefield

Waterloo battlefield

The place where Napoleon finally lost his last battle
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Old Nike Missile Base, Hart Isl., Bronx, NY

Old Nike Missile Base, Hart Isl., Bronx, NY

This is an old Nike missile site on an island in the Long Island Sound near New York City. The base is actually on what was once a potter's field, the largest in the NYC area. Over 1 million people were buried here by prisoners. The radar base for the missiles is located just to the north on Davids Island.
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Old Nike Missile Base, East Hanover, NJ

Old Nike Missile Base, East Hanover, NJ

This is the site of the old East Hanover, NJ Nike Missile Base. It is now gone, covered by condominiums. The streets in the center of the map are where there used to be a bunch of missile silos. If you look off Nike Drive, toward Hornung Road, these now-abandoned homes were once soldier's homes.

The Nike Missiles at this base had small nuclear warheads and were intended to prevent...
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Battle of Hastings 1066

Battle of Hastings 1066

The place where 1066 Willem the concerer defeated and killed Harold Godwinson, the last Saxon King of England, and destroyed his army, opening England to the Norman conquest.
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Point Alpha

Point Alpha

Hot Spot in the cold war.

Point Alpha is located on the border between Hessen and Thuringia between Rasdorf and Geisa in the Rhoen Mountains. Located in the middle of nature-preserve Rhoen and other nature sanctuaries, this historic facility with its authentic buildings and grounds is a reminder of the partition of Germany and the horrors of the Cold War. The entire complex is a ...
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Xepone - Hub of the Ho-Chi-Minh trail

Xepone - Hub of the Ho-Chi-Minh trail

The East West road is the route 9 from Thailand to Vietnam. From this viewpoint to the east it is just 40 km to the Vietnamese border, where the De-Militarized-Zone (17th paralell) was. The Ho-Chi-Minh trail started from North Vietnam into Laos, crossed the road #9 at Xepone and moved south on a network of paths through Laos and Cambodia into South Vietnam. This smalltown received more tons of ...
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Berlin Checkpoint Charlie

Berlin Checkpoint Charlie

Former Wall checkpoint between separated West and East Berlin
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Firdos Square - Iraq (v2)

Firdos Square - Iraq (v2)

This is the site of the toppling of Saddam Hussein's statue on 9 April 2003. The statue stood on the south end of the oval and is still visible in this image. The mosque with the blue dome on the southeast side is the 14th of Ramadan Mosque. The large building on the northwest corner of the square is the Palestine Hotel.

I updated the description of the placemark to include a ...
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Charlie Manson - Points of Interest

Charlie Manson - Points of Interest

Some of locations involved in the Charlie Manson mass-murder case of 1969.
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Edison National Historic Site

Edison National Historic Site

Location of Thomas Alva Edison's Laboratory and Factory in West Orange, NJ
No rating yet07/19/2005497Google Earth Logo
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