The Great Moon Hoax

August 25, 1835 New York The Sun runs the first of a series of articles describing a fantastical civilization on the moon The articles, later called The Great Moon Hoax, claimed famed astronomer John Hershel had made the great discovery with a technologically superior telescope. The moon, it was claimed, had a variety of flora…

Scars self to dissuade attention

August 25, 1924 Geneva, Switzerland  The Chicago Daily Tribune reports a self-inflicted acid attack by a woman seeking to destroy her beauty so her husband would stop accusing her of attracting unwanted attention from other men. More horrific history from today: 1835: The Great Moon Hoax (2017) 1955: Child beaten with hammer for singing (2017)…

Child beaten with hammer for singing 

August 25, 1955 Texas City, Texas  A man is scheduled for a preliminary hearing regarding the murder of his murder of his granddaughter Robert J. Wallace claimed he murdered his granddaughter with a ballpeen hammer because her singing and "childish pratter" kept him from taking a nap. Frances Jean Wallace was coloring in a paint…