Nature publishes an article about a flash of light from Mars (2 August 1894).

Before the radio play that caused mass hysteria, there was the original science fiction novel by HG Wells– The War of the Worlds. Like much sci-fi of the time TWOTW was filled with extra details to convince readers of its plausibility, melding fact with fiction in meaningful ways. Here is the excerpt:

WOTW quote
Quotation courtesy of

How to Commemorate

  • Listen to the radio.
  • Cultivate bacteria–maybe leave some yogurt out on the counter or some fish in the sun.
  • prepare an escape route in the event of alien invasion.

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