Looking Forward in History to 1895

1895-a look forward

As Dr Sage and Professor Savant are about to begin a new year (1895) we thought we’d look at some of the events they will be experiencing. Much was changing in the world, from the conflicts between global powers to the development of gas and diesel powered engines. These are just some of the highlights our characters have to look forward to in the coming year.
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Dromedaries of the Old West

Dr Sage hones her skills at pinpointing a time, but selecting where they go is another matter entirely. This month Dr Sage and Professor Savant take a trip back to the ol’ west when the “city of angels” was not much more than a cow town. Camels make another appearance as we explore the history of Brigadier General Edward Beale.
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Background on The Wrack of the Medusa

Background Information

When looking for material for episodes, our writer Eddie Louise likes to find moments in history that have an impact. In the month of May, she has chosen the Wrack of the Medusa, a French frigate which struck the Bank of Arguin. Not only does this provide a moment in history where Sage & Savant can easily travel to – lots of dead bodies – but the events that transpired were beyond imagination.
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What happened in Pompeii the day Vesuvius decided to blow?


Pompeii was an ordinary city, with shops and markets, bars and theaters, temples and homes. They were like many other cities found in the Roman Empire and throughout what we now call Italy. There were roughly 15k people living in Pompeii at the time Vesuvius erupted, living in everything from luxury homes to small flats and apartments. It had been around for probably a couple hundred years, so it was well established in what happened in the daily lives of its inhabitants. In less than a day, their lives and the landscape around them would be forever changed.

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Earthquakes, then and now

Basilica Norcia

California is no stranger to earthquakes, but we are hardly the only place in the world to feel their effects. Italy has been hit particularly hard throughout history, most recently in August 2016 when an earthquake registering 6.2 on the Richter scale rocked Amatrice. The Italian earthquake institute (INGV) reported 60 aftershocks in the four hours following the initial quake, the strongest aftershock measured 5.5.
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