Today, what we call “Maine lobster” is considered a delicacy, and the further from the East coast, the more expensive it is. It wasn’t always like that. The History guy recalls the forgotten history of the changing perception of “bugs of the sea.”
The Lockheed SR-71 was one of the most extreme aircraft ever flown. But its extreme engineering also meant that the plane could face operational problems. SR-71s flying reconnaissance flights in the dangerous airspace of the far northwest of the Soviet Union faced mechanical failures and political risks. The dramatic stories of the SR-71s flying the “Baltic express” deserve to be remembered.
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An Irish painter and socialite, Countess Constance Markievicz’s dedication to the cause and support of the poor drew both accolades and censures. She fought for suffrage, campaigned against Winston Churchill and took up arms for her cause in the Easter Rising, which would lead directly into Ireland’s fight for independence. Her life and actions are history that deserves to be remembered.
At the outset of World War II, the United States had not developed a doctrine for amphibious operations. The development of that doctrine would be some of the most important lessons of the early war, contributing to future successes. USS Texas would be at the center of that process. It is history that deserves to be remembered.
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One of the most basic pieces of the modern vehicle, tires are something that most people use on a regular basis, and have become so omnipresent that they rarely elicit any consideration, except perhaps when one goes flat. But the history of the tire goes back thousands of years, and has played an out-sized role in the story of human civilization. The History Guy recalls the forgotten history of tires.
“A History of Firefighting” was originally posted by The History Guy on September 11, 2019. This version of the episode contains a new introduction. The History Guy recalls the forgotten history of the profession of firefighting.
In the 19th century, the Great Wine Blight threatened the very existence of grapes. But the pestilence brought into Europe by American vines was eradicated by the use of those very same vines. The History Guy recalls how American indigenous vines saved the wine industry, and how you can help to preserve its future.
British regiments have a lot of history, and that shows in each regiment’s regimental headdress. The History Guy talks about caps in the British Army, and recalls the forgotten history of the 100-year-old Royal Corps of Signals.
A 2012 survey found that 605 million people play chess regularly, nearly 1500 years after the game was first played. The names of the pieces and the moves may have changed, but the rules that developed over a millennium and a half represent a culmination of many cultures and players that helped to develop the Game of Kings. The forgotten history of the game of chess deserves to be remembered.
The day after Christmas in 1931, a constable with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police went to check on a man named Albert Johnson on suspicion that he was trapping without a license. The confrontation that followed would leave a fiery standoff, an epic manhunt, and an enduring mystery. The History Guy recalls the strange story of “The Mad Trapper of the Rat River.”