Editor says, what if Percival Lowell had recovered from his stroke on this day? muses Jeff Provine on This Day in Alternate History Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
Editor says, in reality Percival Lowell died of a stroke on November 12. His research on Planet X would lead to the discovery of Pluto in 1930, its name being given partially because of Lowell's initials PL forming the first two letters. Lowell's observations of canals would be disproved in 1965 with the Mariner 4 probe's images, and Pluto would be demoted from planetary status in 2006. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.