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This week in travel: Nov. 12-18, 2012

Compass

Nov. 13, 1927
New York's Holland Tunnel officially opens, connecting Manhattan to Jersey City, N.J., underneath the Hudson River. Originally known as the "Hudson River Vehicular Tunnel" or the "Canal Street Tunnel,"  it was the first of two tunnels built under the river - the Lincoln Tunnel opened 10 years later, connecting Manhattan to Weehawken, N.J.

Nov. 14, 1963
Iceland gets a new island — which will be named Surtsey — when a volcano pushes its way up out of the sea five miles off the southern coast.

Nov. 15, 1533
Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro enters Cuzco, Peru, effectively sealing the fate of Peru and, ultimately, the Incan empire.

Nov. 17, 1869
The Suez Canal is formally opened.

Nov. 18, 1626
St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, probably the most well-known example of Renaissance architecture,  is officially dedicated.

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