1866 H. G. Wells was born.
1897 The editorial entitled “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus,” was published.
Although the autumnal equinox sometimes plays games with the calendar and autumn sneaks in a day late or a day early, this is the usual day for welcoming the new season. Besides signaling the advent of cool temperatures and blustering winds, autumn sports a brilliant palette of oranges, reds, and browns born from summer’s pastel shades. And the autumn harvests remind us that it’s time to stock up and prepare for the long winter that lay just ahead.
In 1897, an editorial was published in The New York Sun newspaper that has remained a Christmas tradition. On this day, an article entitled, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” first appeared.
One man is largely responsible for a Martian invasion, invisibility, and time travel. Science fiction writer H. G. Wells was born on this day in 1866, in Bromley, England. His works have thrilled generations of readers. Perhaps little that took place in The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, or The Time Machine will ever occur in real life, but his writings did contain elements of the Internet and other predictions which have subsequently come tme. To quote Wells’ time traveler, “You must follow me carefully. I shall have to controvert one or two ideas that are almost universally accepted.”