This week in travel: Oct. 15-21

A look back at the people, places, and events that have shaped the world we continue to explore

On Oct. 15, 1815, Napoleon was banished to the South Atlantic island of St. Helena, where he eventually died. (Photo: …

Oct. 15, 1815

Napoleon Bonaparte began his exile on the island of St. Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean, one of the most isolated islands in the world. The island’s first airport is scheduled to open in 2015, but until then, the only way to travel to and from the island is the same today as it was in Napoleon’s day – by boat.


Oct. 16, 1869

The Tremont Hotel, at Tremont and Beacon streets in Boston, became the first hotel in the U.S. to install indoor plumbing and running water. Famous guests of the four-story hotel included Charles Dickens and Davy Crockett.

Oct. 17, 1888

The first issue of "National Geographic Magazine" was released at newsstands. Last year the magazine announced that it was being published worldwide in 34 languages, with a global circulation of 8.2 million.

Oct. 18, 1867

 
The Alaska Territory is formally transferred to the United States from Russian control.

Oct. 20, 1818


The United States and Britain establish the 49th Parallel as the boundary between Canada and the United States.

Oct. 21, 1790

 
The Tricolor becomes the official flag of France.

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