Discoveries & inventions

Samuel P. Langley's large steam-powered model Aerodrome No. 5 making a successful flight, 1896.

Alexander Graham Bell: Flight is a fact (1896)

Professor Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, has witnessed the trial flights of the machine devised by Professor Samuel P Langley, formerly of Pittsburg. Mr Bell makes the following statement...

Artificial daylight made by Tesla (1899)

The promise made by Nikola Tesla to the world some two years ago that he would soon give it a means of lighting its homes, its offices and its streets at night time by “artificial daylight” has been fulfilled.

Meet Clyde Tombaugh, discoverer of Pluto (1930)

Because of the discovery made by this young farmer of Kansas, every dictionary in the world will have to be revised. For all time to come, students of astronomy will read that the ninth planet, Pluto, was discovered in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh.
Ride the rails in style Train cars from the 1940s

Ride the rails in style: Train cars from the 1940s

During World War II, the railroad companies had to devote their resources to the war effort by transporting troops around the country. Here's a look back at some of what the railroads were offering to entice passengers back in the late '40s!
King Tutankhamun - Tomb mural

King Tut’s tomb in no-man’s land (1924)

The situation existing in the Valley of the Kings has no precedent in the annals of Egyptology. Carter holds the keys, while the Egyptian government have the right to call upon the armed police on duty to repel any attempts to enter it.
How easy and relaxing spinal anesthesia would make the patient in 1902

The new spinal anesthesia: Put cocaine in the spine (1902)

A remarkable operation for producing spinal anesthesia, daring in its conception and brilliant in its results, was performed - injecting into the spine a solution of cocaine, so within a few minutes the sense of pain is entirely obliterated.