When the United Kingdom declared war on Germany on September 3, 1939, Ireland, despite being still technically a dominion of the United Kingdom, elected to stay out of the war, choosing instead to remain neutral, the only member of the British Commonwealth to do so. Neutrality offered both advantages and challenges, and the choice is still controversial today. The History Guy recalls the unique position of Ireland during the Second World War.
Alexandre Dumas wrote some of the most widely-read books of all time, among them “The Three Musketeers” and the “Count of Monte Christo”. Lesser known is that some of his most famous characters were inspired by his father, Thomas-Alexandre Dumas. The History Guy recalls the forgotten story of the man who inspired some of literature’s greatest adventure heroes.
Just three centuries ago in Europe, the idea of 4 and 5 year olds attending school with a system of learning would have been preposterous. Kindergarten is a relatively new concept and its creator among the most influential educational reformers of the 19th century. It is history that deserves to be remembered.
Orange trees are among the most popular fruit trees grown around the world. But the orange has a unique history that is intimately tied to human civilization and deserves to be remembered.
On November 13, 1963 not just one, but several, nuclear assemblies exploded at a facility that was decommissioning outdated weapons near san Antonio, Texas. The explosion was so large that some people thought the US and the Soviet Union had gone to war.
In November 1943, the allies in the Pacific launched a series of desperate, nearly unprecedented, and extraordinarily risky attacks that culminated on November 11. Armistice Day 1943 is history that deserves to be remembered.
For a hundred years, Betty Crocker and her products have made baking and cooking easier, and her name has adorned everything from famous cookbooks to au gratin potatoes to Fruit Roll Ups. The History Guy recalls the forgotten history of a woman who built an enduring legacy – in cake.
More than 4500 years ago, Ancient Egypt came to a height for the first time during the Old Kingdom period. This period saw the development of much of what we now think of as Ancient Egyptian, including the idea of a divine king, the use of hieroglyphics, and the construction of Pyramids. Also known as the “Age of the Pyramid Builders”, the Old Kingdom saw some of the greatest monuments ever built by man.
There was a time when the US Government planned to save the population from nuclear war with 20 billion crackers. The giant tins of “Civil defense All Purpose Survival Crackers” raise questions about food, history, and how long food lasts before it becomes history. The History Guy recalls the history of a famous item on his set.
In 1950, freshman U.S. Senator Estes Kefauver took the stage against organized crime, at the head of a special committee. The Kefauver hearings, as they became known, were held in major cities across the country. The ones that were televised live became a sensation, and were how much of the country heard about the mob for the first time. The Kefauver Committee is history that deserves to be remembered.