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.
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.
Usually portrayed as a lanky man wearing a long-handled pot on his head and spreading apple seeds, the real Johnny Appleseed was a shrewd businessman and religious zealot who played an important role in U.S. westward expansion effort. The History Guy explores the reality underlying the character of American folklore. This is the forgotten history of the man, John Chapman, behind the legend of Johnny Appleseed.
In September 1942, a group of U.S. marines was trapped behind enemy lines. A group of Navy landing craft came to the rescue, under the leadership of two Coast Guardsmen. The History Guy tells the story of the only U.S. Coast Guardsman to have been awarded the Medal of Honor. It is history that deserves to be remembered.
The Qin took just nine years to overcome their rivals in the warring states and unify China, all under a single king. Qin Shi Huang’s dynasty would mark the beginning of the age of Imperial China. The History Guy recalls the era of subterfuge, intrigue and war that brought the emperor of the terracotta army to power.
Some 750 miles from Hawaii, tiny Johnston Atoll was developed into an airbase and seaplane base during the Second World War. After the war, the developed facilities on a remote base put Johnston at the center of Cold War programs from nuclear tests to spy satellites to storing leftover chemical weapons. The History Guy recalls the forgotten history of the world’s most interesting wildlife preserve.
After the success of CSS Virginia at the Battle of Hampton Roads, the Confederacy decided to build a smaller ironclad on North Carolina’s Roanoke river. The CSS Albemarle stunned the federal fleet before being targeted by the man who has been called, “the first Navy SEAL.” The History Guy recalls the forgotten history of the Confederate ironclad ram CSS Albemarle.