The history of the Christmas tree is rather interesting, being both surprisingly ancient, and surprisingly new, with a host of different traditions, and many innovations, one involving a toilet brush. The History Guy recalls the forgotten history of Christmas trees.
You might want a president to have vision, or even perspective, but, given their age, most all of them needed a little corrective help. The history of presidential eyeglasses deserves to be remembered.
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In 1914, the Arizona Prescott Journal-Miner stated that Adda Howie was “one of the most famous women in the United States.” Yet few people remember her name today. “The woman who sang to cows” helped to develop the Wisconsin Dairy Industry, and became world famous as a result.
Despite suffering from acute astigmatism and dropping out of school at age 12, Carl G. Fisher went from one huge project to another, constantly finding success in unexpected places through a combination of grit, ingenuity, and dedication. He helped to start the Indianapolis Speedway, build the first interstate highways in the country, and build the city of Miami Beach. He lived a life that deserves to be remembered.
Some 2000 years before the Age of Exploration, maritime traders of the Mediterranean had begun spreading their fleets further than ever before, making some of the first recorded journeys to the western coast of Africa, Britain, and the arctic circle. The voyages of Hanno, Himilco and Pytheas are history that deserves to be remembered.
Perhaps no single event better represents the complexity of the diplomatic and military situation in Europe during the French revolutionary wars than the attack by the Royal navy on the Danish fleet in the 1801 battle of Copenhagen.
On December 9, 1854, Alfred Tennyson, Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, first published his poem about the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava. The poem would become his most famous, and came to represent the challenges of the age, and the life of the poet who became its voice.
In 1835, a dispute based on a faulty map brought the State of Ohio and the Michigan Territory to the brink of war. The “Toledo War” represented the stresses of a growing nation, and rewrote the boundaries of three states. It is history that deserves to be remembered.
December 5, 2020 marks the 87th anniversary of Repeal Day, the day that the last state necessary — Utah — ratified the twenty-first amendment, officially ending the United States’ 13 year ‘experiment’ with prohibition.
Max Planck is considered to be “the father of quantum physics.” Gerard Kuiper is considered to be “the father of modern planetary science.” The two met for the only known time during a daring rescue in May, 1945.