February 9th, 1913: The Great and Mysterious Meteor Procession

“To most observers, the outstanding feature of the phenomenon was the slow, majestic motion of the bodies; and almost equally remarkable was the perfect formation which they retained.” – University of Toronto astronomer, Clarence Chant (source) On a cloudy and cold February evening in 1913, residents of eastern North America witnessed an astronomical phenomenon that…

February 7th, 1497: The Bonfire of the Vanities

Florence, Italy must have been a fascinating place to be in the 15th century.  In the century after the bubonic plague ravished most of Europe and decimated its population, Florence had become the birthplace for a new way of life that we now refer to as the Renaissance –  meaning “the rebirth.” Art and leisure…

February 5th, 1958: The United States Loses a Nuclear Weapon – Maybe

As far as nuclear weaponry goes, there’s really no such thing as a minor accident. I mean, we’re talking about three and a half tons of uranium and plutonium capable of annihilating everything within 20 square miles of its path; the slope between mishap and catastrophe is steep and slippery.  The consequences of an accidental detonation…