One extraordinary illustration of the breadth and diversity of the British empire is the fact that the first Black man to be awarded the Victoria Cross was a Canadian child of former American slaves fighting in India. The History Guy recalls a story of adventure in the Age of Empire.
A close associate of both Washington and Hamilton, in his short life John Laurens was both an accomplished diplomat and soldier. But he is nearly forgotten because he did what many other, more famous, patriots did not. He died for the cause. The History Guy recalls the man of whom Washington said “he had not a fault that I ever could discover.”
The strange story of what happened to three famous people, Oliver Cromwell, Catherine Parr and George ‘Big Nose’ Parrot, after they had shuffled off their mortal coil, illustrates our convoluted history of, and reaction to, mortal remains.
Halley’s comet has been orbiting the sun and passing by the earth for probably all of human history. Its regular return was, for millennia, seen and interpreted as an omen. But in its 1910 passage, new technology promised closer study of the object than ever before – and sparked a panic that life on earth was about to end.
Sparta held undisputed the position of the strongest city in Greece, only to be toppled suddenly and decisively. The very things that had given them their strength would bring them down. The History Guy recalls the surprisingly fast decline of a powerful city-state with a legendary reputation. For 10% off MOVA Globes, go to http://bit.ly/TheHistoryGuyMOVAGlobes and use code HISTORY
Field Marshal Sir Evelyn Wood was the type of officer upon whom the growth and maintenance of the British Empire depended. Nearly suicidally brave, he distinguished himself in numerous conflicts of the Victorian era, despite chronically suffering “face-ache.” From being stepped on by a giraffe to being bitten by a horse and a literal nail in his heart, Sir Evelyn Wood persevered to become one of the most famous officers of his era.
The iconic M1 helmet served the U.S. through three wars, and still serves with many nations today. The History Guy recalls the long history of an iconic helmet in his collection.
Humans have been discovering fossils for thousands of years, but the field of paleontology only started in the nineteenth century. Early paleontology was highly contentious as scientists argued over what the fossils meant, and what the creatures might have looked like. The History Guy recalls the forgotten history of early paleontology in England and the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs that introduced the new field, and ancient creatures, to the people of London.
The quest for perfect vision has a long history, and numerous advancements were required to provide the range of products and services that today help millions of people keep the world in focus. The history of vision correction deserves to be remembered.
The contest between aircraft and U-Boats during the Second World War was one of competing technological innovations, culminating with a decisive struggle in the summer of 1943. The History Guy tells the forgotten story of the development of anti-submarine warfare and the contest between the aircraft of RAF Coastal Command and U-Boats of the Kriegsmarine in the Bay of Biscay.