High Adventure in the Steam Age
News and Gossip of the Moment
Events of Note in the Summer of 1872
- In April, a Carlist uprising is defeated by Spanish forces. However, the Carlist forces have not surrendered and some fear a full, Third Carlist War in Spain is inevitable.
- In June, Mass in F Minor as composed by Anton Bruckner debuts in Vienna.
- In early July, the Prussian government outlaws the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and orders their expulsion from the country.
- In July, Mexican President Benito Juarez dies of a heart attack, though some believe him to be the victim of a Sorcerer hired by the French.
- In July, the Ballot Act makes all voting ballots in Britain secret.
- In late July, the first wireless telegraphic process is patented by Mahlon Loomis. However, no practical device has been built to prove the process works.
- In early August, Lord Yoshikazu Tomino conqueres Tokyo using a giant steam automaton of his own design. He immediately renames the city Edo. The Japanese government has been unable to expel him and retake the city.
- Also in early August, the last tracks for the Paris-München-Vienna (PMV) Expressway are laid. This joint project between the governments of France, Bayern, and Austria-Hungary will allow travel between the three countries at tremendous speed by employing luxury trains run entirely by Babbage Engines. The first train, the Elisabeth Amalie Eugenie, will have inaugural run in early September.
- In Vienna, the city prepares for a week long celebration of Emperor Franz Joseph's 42nd birthday. It is his 24th year on the throne.