Gaslight Era

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Earlier: Gilded Age

1891 Holmes apparently killed in a battle with Professor Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls.

1891 Death of Dorian Gray

1892 Lizzie Borden (allegedly) gave her mother 40 whacks in Fall River, Mass.;

1892 Arsene Lupin begins a life of crime.

1893 The vampire Dracula is foiled in his attempt to colonize Britain by Dr. Abraham Van Helsing.


1894 Rudolf Rassendyll impersonates his distant cousin, King Rudolph of Ruritania—the Prisoner of Zenda.

1894 The reappearance of Sherlock Holmes.

1895 HG Wells travels into the year 800,000.

1895 Charles Foster Kane (b. 1864) decides it would be fun to run a newspaper.

1895 Lumiere brothers invent cinema.

1896 Butch Cassidy (1866-1908?) recruits the Sundance Kid (1867-1908?) into his Wild Bunch.

1896 William McKinley elected president.

1898 The U.S.S. Maine explodes in Havana Harbor, sparking the Spanish-American War (with a little help from William Randolph Hearst). Teddy Roosevelt (1858-1919) leads his Rough Riders in a charge up San Juan Hill.

1899 Freud (1856-1939) discovers the Id.

1899 Boxer Rebellion begins.

1899 Boer War begins.

1900 Dorothy Gale transported via tornado to Munchkinland.

1900 Disappearances at Hanging Rock.

1900 Casey Jones dies with his hand on the whistle.

1900 Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton make their first expedition to Antarctica.

1901 Teddy Roosevelt becomes president when William McKinley (b. 1843) is assassinated by anarchist Leon Czolgosz.

1901 Doctor Cavor invents Cavorite and becomes one of the First Men in the Moon.

1902 Martian invaders land in southeast England, devastating the countryside before succumbing to bacterial infection.

1903 Holmes retires to Sussex to raise bees.

1903 The Wright Brothers invent the airplane.

1904 Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) establishes the Ordo Templi Orientalis.

1904 Wendy Darling and her brothers taken to Neverland by Peter Pan.

1905 Ivan Pavlov trains his dog to drool. [9]

1905 Albert Einstein (1879-1955) discovers the theory of relativity.

1906 San Francisco Earthquake

1907 Cthulhu cultists captured near New Orleans

1908 A multi-megaton explosion occurs in Tunguska, Siberia.

1908 Tom Swift (b. 1892) begins his inventing career in upstate New York.

1909 Jane Porter meets Tarzan in the jungle.

1909 Robert Peary reaches the North Pole (or does he?).

1910 Tarzan discovers the Lost City of Opar.

1910 Mary Poppins goes to work as a nanny for the Banks family.

1912 Sinking of the Titanic.

1912 Scott dies on an attempt to reach the South Pole. Roald Admundsen is the first to reach the pole.

1912 Professor Challenger (1863-1938) discovers the Lost World in Brazil.

1912 Woodrow Wilson elected president.

1914 Carl Jung (1875-1961) splits with Freud

1914 Panama Canal opened

1914 Discovery of Pellucidar at the Earth’s core.

1914 Charlie Chaplin becomes “The Tramp”.

1914 Passenger pigeon extinct.

Next: Great War

Gaslight Era

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