"Meteoric Displays," coverage of a meteor fly-by in 1860


4 Responses to “"Meteoric Displays," coverage of a meteor fly-by in 1860”

  1. Can we get a history on the word “rocket”?  I wasn’t aware that was a word/concept used in the 1800s.

    • kaplanfx says:

      Here you go: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_rockets

      Rockets developed it seems, basically as soon as gunpowder invented / discovered.  Rockets as you think of them thought, according to wikipedia, appear to have first been used in the 1780s, so well before this article.

    • OldBrownSquirrel says:

       “…and the rockets’ red glare…”

      - Francis Scott Key, 1812

  2. ‘Rose’ was calling ‘Master;’ ‘Caroline’ said the moon had fallen and was burning up; ‘Nick’ said ‘the fire ran into my eyes and woke me up; and ‘Isaac,’ jumping, asleep, from the ground, insisted the world was on fire.

    Slaves say the darnedest things.

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