“Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.”
On this day in history, exactly 125 years before I was born, the August 25, 1835 edition of the New York Sun newspaper ran the first of a series of six articles announcing the supposed discovery of life on the moon. Below is a quote from the History Channel’s website:
“Known collectively as ‘The Great Moon Hoax,’ the articles were supposedly reprinted from the Edinburgh Journal of Science. The byline was Dr. Andrew Grant, described as a colleague of Sir John Herschel, a famous astronomer of the day. Herschel had in fact traveled to Capetown, South Africa, in January 1834 to set up an observatory with a powerful new telescope. As Grant described it, Herschel had found evidence of life forms on the moon, including such fantastic animals as unicorns, two-legged beavers and furry, winged humanoids resembling bats. The articles also offered vivid description of the moon’s geography, complete with massive craters, enormous amethyst crystals, rushing rivers and lush vegetation.”
You can read the rest of this article on at History.com here.
Also, on this day in history, Paris was liberated from Germany by Allied Forces in 1944.