This Week in History – April 25th to May 1st

Many members of the Steampunk, Dieselpunk, and other retro-futuristic communities like to play with history and ask “what if?” The past is a playground for the imagination to twist the “facts” and ponder what might have been. So what can you make of this week’s saunter back through time to the events that were happening this […]

Zombies from Around the World

What does the Walking Dead and the Holy Grail have in common? Both are interpretations of an ancient Welsh legend involving a large cauldron and the world’s very first walking dead.

Medicine Macabre – Flowers and Corpses

I love to garden. The joy of observing the steady growth of a living thing, flourishing and burgeoning in your tender custody. Quite the opposite of my other pastimes, usually involving the very dead, or soon to be so. Yet, surprisingly, human corpses and gardening share a connection. Can grisly corpse-work somehow complement our horticultural interests? One prominent English surgeon and […]

This Week in History – April 18th to 24th

Starting this week “Today in History” is taking a shift to become “This Week in History,” a brief overview of some of the historical events that were happening this week that might be good inspiration for a Steampunk, Dieselpunk, or some other kind of retro-futuristic novel or short story.

April 16th, 1912 – Woman Flies Across English Channel!

Harriet Quimby was an early American aviator and a movie screenwriter. In 1911, she was awarded a U.S. pilot’s certificate by the Aero Club of America, becoming the first woman to gain a pilot’s license in the United States. In 1912, she became the first woman to fly across the English Channel.

April 12th, 1928 – Germans Fly Over the Atlantic

On April 12th, 1928, the Bremen, a German Junkers W 33 type aircraft, takes off for the first successful transatlantic aeroplane flight from east to west.

April 11th, 1908 – Germans Launch Armored Cruiser!

SMS Blücher was the last armored cruiser built by the German Empire. She was designed to match what German intelligence incorrectly believed to be the specifications of the British Invincible-class battlecruisers. Blücher was larger than preceding armored cruisers and carried more heavy guns, but was unable to match the size and armament of the battlecruisers which […]

April 10th, 1904 – English Occultist Completes Sacred Text that Shocks Britain!

Aleister Crowley was an English occultist, ceremonial magician, poet, painter, novelist, and mountaineer. He founded the religion and philosophy of Thelema, in which role he identified himself as the prophet entrusted with guiding humanity into the Æon of Horus in the early 20th century. Born to a wealthy Plymouth Brethren family in Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, […]

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