May 7th, 1915 – German Submarine Sinks Passenger Ship!

The sinking of the Cunard ocean liner RMS Lusitania occurred on May 7th, 1915 during the First World War, as Germany waged submarine warfare against the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. The ship was identified and torpedoed by the German U-boat U-20 and sank in 18 minutes. The vessel went down 11 miles […]

The Uncommon Geek podcast Episode 48: Interview with Tim Waggoner!

We’ve got Tim Waggoner on the podcast! Author, teacher, geek! Neo leads the episode as we find out how Tim got into writing, teaching and the mystery behind sand being mailed to his home! Tim has written many books including several horror novels Stargate novel tie-in’s! To learn more about Tim, visit his website at http://timwaggoner.com/ […]

Presenter Application – International Steampunk Symposium 2016

The next International Steampunk Symposium is not until April 2016, but we are so excited to hear your presentation proposals for our theme “Adventures in Wonderland” that we have opened our invitation for submissions far earlier than we have ever done before. Loading…

Steambirds – Mobile Game Review

Steambirds is a great turn-based aviation strategy game for Android and iPhone, based in the early to mid-twentieth century, placing it firmly in the Dieselpunk genre. Extremely addictive and a unique concept, it will kill all that loose time when you could be, you know, working and eating and stuff. Story-line-wise, it’s really simple, a sort of olive-fatigues-and-khaki-combination […]

May 6th, 1937 – The End of the Airship Era.

The Hindenburg disaster took place on Thursday, May 6th, 1937, as the German passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg caught fire and was destroyed during its attempt to dock with its mooring mast at Naval Air Station Lakehurst, which is located adjacent to the borough of Lakehurst, New Jersey, United States. Of the 97 people on […]

The Forbidden Art of Umbrella Fencing

When you are a child and you find long pointy things and decide to play sword fights with them, usually a parent or other adult notices and hastily takes them away, warning against the perils of poking your eyes out. “Don’t run with scissors,” they say. “Don’t fight with sticks.” But apparently they forgot to […]

Historical Crushes

Today is the birthday of Elizabeth Jane Cochrane, one of my biggest Historical Crushes of them all . . . you probably know her better by her pen name, Nellie Bly. Back on November 14th, 2014, she was the topic of the “This Day in History” post as Ms. Bly started her 72 day journey around […]

May 5th, 1865 – The First Train Robbery!

Train robberies were more common in the past than today, when the speed of trains was slower, and often occurred in the American Old West. Trains carrying payroll shipments were a major target. These shipments would be guarded by an expressman whose duty it was to protect the cargo of the “express car“. Expressmen, conductors, […]

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