X-ray wonders (1896)

For the discovery detailed here, Wilhelm Röntgen was awarded the very first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901, "in recognition of the extraordinary servi... Read more...

How we will finally reach the moon (1908)

A gun with the propulsive power of the Simpson invention, having the muzzle velocity claimed for it, overcomes the chief hindrance to mortal invasion of the moon.

Oh, the humanity: The Hindenburg disaster (1937)

The German airship took only a minute to burn, but that moment was enough to etch the image of that fiery Zeppelin onto the minds of millions around the world. Only 62 would survive the tragedy, and many of them were seriously injured.

How to dial a telephone (1952)

Rotary dial telephones replaced operator-assisted calling, which meant there was a whole new system for people to learn. These basic instructions were printed in a 1952 telephone book.

Krakatoa’s volcano erupts, kills thousands (1883)

On August 27, 1883, the volcano of Krakatoa in the Sundra Strait between Java and Sumatra erupted in cataclysmic fashion. Considered the single largest explosion in recorded human history, the eruption killed upwards of 36,000 people.