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Today in 1945 Dresden was destroyed in a military needless bombing raid.
Tragedies like this still repeat themselves today, not on this scale, but there are still too many innocent casualties in every war. Let’s also not forget that there is Nazi scum marching through Dresden as I write these lines, defiling the memory of the victims and twisting them for their own despicable ends.
Dresden, along with Coventry, Hiroshima and Nagasaki stands as a symbol for the evils of war. Dresden is also a symbol for recovery and for this matter, one photograph can say more than a thousand words:
Today in 1935 USS Macon was lost to accident. She was the last of the giant airships like the Hindenburg to be used by the US Navy and the last flying aircraft carrier, with her complement of six Sparrowhawk biplanes.
Today we remember USS Macon.
And also the Sparrowhawk, the only parasite fighter to actually see regular service.
Today in 1847 the most famous and iconic inventor of the industrial age was born, Thomas Alva Edison:
Although not the invenor of the light-bulb (a common misconception), he greatly improved its design. He is rightly credited with the invention of the phonograph and the carbon microphone amongst many other things. He is also one of the most beloved inventors ofthe Steampunk genre, possibly only eclipsed by Nikola Tesla.
Edison also features prominently in the backstory of the steampunk role playing game Space 1889 as the inventor of the Ætherflyer which made space exploration in this setting possible.
Steampunk is truely a global phenomenon.Right now it seems to be somewhat concentrated in the US, Canada and Europe west of the Oder River. It happens relatively in infrequently that one finds sites or meets steampunks fro, other places.
All the more delighted am I today to bring a number of central (formerly eastern) European sites to your attention, from the Czech Republic, and another one, truely from the east, from Russia:
No, I am absolutely unable to tell you what is being said/narrated/discussed on the respective sites, I neither read nor speak Czech or Russian. I am also only vaguely familiar with the Cyrilic Alpabeth.
However, images are international and thuis I express my thanks to Steampunker.ru and steal the following marvelous Zeppelin/Airship from their site to feature it on mine:
16th May 2010: I have just been informed that the artist behind this marvelous image is Vadim Voitekhovich, please check out his site at http://arts.in.ua/artists/woit/.