Jefferson “Soapy” Smith was one of the most skilled, and infamous, confidence men in United States history. He was “so dirty he made a crime out of soap”. His life of crime is a ripping yarn and a cautionary tale that deserves to be remembered.
Most Americans don’t seem to realize that the American Revolution sparked a broader war that engulfed the world, not just in North America, but in Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, India, and the island of Jersey. The 1781 Battle of Jersey only lasted about half an hour, but it represented the breadth of the empire that Britain had to protect. The competing needs of the empire helped America win its independence.
Challenge coins have a long tradition in the United States military. But their history is perhaps more legend than fact. The History Guys explores the forgotten history underlying the tradition of challenge coins.
When asked about Marco Polo, people today are more familiar with the game of tag played in a swimming pool than the thirteenth century explorer. But the book,”The travels of Marco Polo” opened Europe’s eyes to the Great Mongol Empire. The History Guy recalls the amazing adventures of a man whose travels inspired the Age Of Discovery.
Events behind Omaha beach on D-Day +2 helped to secure the allied invasion of “Fortress Europe.” Rangers were rescued, a resort town taken, and a Medal of Honor earned. The History Guy tells the story of the day after the day after D-Day.
In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, men of the British Ninth Parachute Battalion must disable a heavy gun battery that is within range of Sword Beach. The History Guy recounts one of the million acts of bravery on D-Day that deserves to be remembered.
With the 76th anniversary of D-Day approaching, The History Guy had the opportunity to create a playlist for YouTubes’s Learning Hub. This collection of videos from several channels covers the largest amphibious invasion in military history:
Today we use time zones to standardize the clock from place to place, but for most of history that difference was merely relative, and never exact. It wasn’t until relatively recently that anyone made an effort to standardize time with a set of rules. The History Guy recalls the forgotten story of how the world developed a system of uniform standard time.
Located in rural Randolph County, Illinois, Fort de Chartres seems out of place. The imposing limestone fort with fifteen foot walls once stood as the seat of government for the vast “Illinois country,” and the symbol of hopes for the future of New France. The History Guy recalls the forgotten history of the fringe of the French empire in North America.
We all know the big three U.S. television networks: NBC, ABC and CBS, but one nearly forgotten early network was ahead of them all. Many early television firsts came from an experimental Los Angeles station owned by a car dealer and run by a genius engineer. The independent streak of the Don Lee Broadcasting System was the forerunner to the golden age of television. It is history that deserves to be remembered.