The History Guy remembers when diplomacy, buffalo and champagne, highlight the meeting of two American legends and a grand duke of Russia. It was an early example of U.S. and Russian diplomacy and history that deserves to be remembered.
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On this date, April 9, 1731, a war, which came as the result of a war which was, itself the result of a war, found casus belli in the form of traumatic auriculectomy. It is a story of empires, great navies, pirates- because all great stories include pirates- and perhaps the most famous ear removal in history.
Edgar “Yip” Harburg wrote the lyric for “Over the Rainbow”, one of the most beloved movie film songs of all time. Yet so few people remember his name. The History Guy remembers the life and legacy of Harburg, the man who also wrote the lyric for the song considered the anthem of the Great Depression. He wasn’t afraid to express his political beliefs, and he was blacklisted for it.
Special thanks to the estate of E.Y. “Yip” Harburg for providing material from their collection for this episode.
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Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Non censuram.
Janet Guthrie was the first woman to qualify and compete in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500, among many other racing firsts. But her goal wasn’t so much to be the first to do something, but, rather, to be the best.
On June 25th, 1906, many New York City socialites were attending the theatrical premier of “Mam’zelle Champagne” at Madison Square Garden. One member of the audience was Stanford White, a prolific and famous architect. During the show’s final number White was approached by Henry Thaw, a multi-millionaire and son of a coal and railroad baron. The events that happened next would dominate national headlines and shock the public.
The History Guy remembers Timothy the tortoise, the last survivor of the Crimean War, and shows that wisdom comes with age. Her life is history that deserves to be remembered.
The episode discusses events and shows some artwork and photographs depicting a periods of war, which some viewers may find disturbing. All events are described for educational purposes and are presented in historical context. There are no revealing or inappropriate photographs of tortoises in the episode. No tortoises were harmed in the making of this episode. Tortoises can carry salmonella, so be careful picking them up. Timothy was not known to carry salmonella. Timothy was said to be prone to flatulence when eating too many strawberries. True story.
It was the spring of 1974 and residents of the Alaska panhandle town of Sitka woke to a surprise. 3400 foot mount Edgecumbe, towering over the city, was belching thick, black smoke. Little did the worried residents know that local resident Porky Bickar was following in an ancient tradition.
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The History Guy remembers Horace de Vere Cole, “The Sultan of Pranks”, and the Bloomsbury Group who helped society adapt to modernization through jokes, pranks and the most epic catchphrase of all time. Bunga-bunga!
On Saturday, August 23rd, 1919 the Lakeside club of Canton Ohio held a dinner and dance to celebrate the return of Colonel Charles C Weybrecht, formerly adjutant general of the state of Ohio and most recently commander of the US 146th infantry regiment, just returned from the war in France.
The party, some version of which was happening all over the country as the approximately 2.8 million US service members who served abroad during the great war returned home, was generally agreed to have been a success. The first death came three days later. The “great olive poisoning” of 1919 was one of the most deadly food poisoning outbreaks in US history.