October 17, 1814: the London Beer Flood killed eight people.
From 1865: Mark Twain’s proposal for climate control.
Inside Notre Dame: a blow-by-blow account of the restoration process.
Here, on one sheet of paper, is a map of the entire Internet as of 1973.
How to hide a billion dollars.
ICYMI, most recent links are here, and include that time Columbus (using knowledge of an upcoming eclipse) tricked the Jamaicans into providing supplies, painting zebra stripes on cows to ward off biting flies, everything you wanted to know about eyebrow interpretation from the 16th century, and making a knife out of frozen human poop.