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)…