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Fort Jesus – The first European-style fort constructed outside of Europe in Mombasa
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Fort Jesus – The first European-style fort constructed outside of Europe in Mombasa

The fort, built by the Portuguese in 1593-1596 to the designs of Giovanni Battista Cairati to protect the port of Mombasa. It was the only fort maintained by the Portuguese on the Swahili coast, and is recognized as a testament to the first successful att...
Boeing 247 – The first modern passenger airliner is being exhibited in Tukwila
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Boeing 247 – The first modern passenger airliner is being exhibited in Tukwila

The revolutionary aircraft, was an all-metal, twin-engine airplane. It had a gyro panel for instrument flying, an autopilot, pneumatically operated de-icing equipment, a variable-pitch propeller and retractable landing gear. The aircraft, first flew on F...
Teatro alla Scala – The great opera house in Milan
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Teatro alla Scala – The great opera house in Milan

The theatre was founded, under the auspices of the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, to replace the Royal Ducal Theatre, which was destroyed by fire on 25 February 1776 after a carnival gala, and had until then been the home of opera in Milan. The ...

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