The Montparnasse Derailment

On the afternoon of October 22, 1895, Guillaume-Marie Pellerin, the engineer of the Granville–Paris Express train, was irritable. He was behind schedule, though it was anyone’s guess why, since the train left Granville at 8:45 a.m., its usual time. Pellerin hated to be late. The speed of steam locomotive No. 721 may have been slowed by its cargo. […]

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Clément Ader Gave Man Wings

In 1890, Clément Ader, aviation pioneer, unveiled his new invention to the world, the steam-powered Éole. It was followed by other flying contraptions, like the Avion III. Ader was a brilliant man with a vision – or a nightmare – of what flying humans would look like. And his inspiration came from the bat.

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The World Reacts to the Great Solar Eclipse of 1918

The solar eclipse that will occur in a few hours will be seen from the Pacific coast of the United States to the Atlantic. The last time that happened was on June 8, 1918. On average, the sun was obscured for 2 minutes and 23 seconds, and completely visible again within 5 minutes. Even then, […]

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