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Chris Klein

Christopher Klein

Christopher Klein is a writer specializing in history and the author of three books. He is a regular contributor to,, Mental Floss, and the Boston Globe. His latest book, Strong Boy: The Life and Times of John L. Sullivan, America’s First Sports Hero, is available in paperback and audiobook formats. He tweets about history @historyauthor, and you can find more of his work at

Charles Hatfield, the rainmaker, checking some equipment. (Copyright Bettmann/Corbis / AP Images)

When San Diego Hired a Rainmaker a Century Ago, It Poured

After Charles Hatfield began his work to wring water from the skies, San Diego experienced its wettest period in recorded history.