John Hay was President Lincoln’s personal secretary, a position that began nearly five decades of public service. A diplomat who served multiple Administrations from Lincoln to Roosevelt, he was a central figure in defining the U.S. foreign policy that would be the basis of the United States role on the world stage in the twentieth century.
As the North Vietnamese army approached Saigon, government and private relief organizations engaged in a massive humanitarian program to evacuate war orphans. The History Guy tells the forgotten history of a program that was well intended, but also flawed, reminding us that history can be complex.
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:
The discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamen in 1923 made the boy king world famous. But another discovery of the untouched tomb of pharaoh Psusennes I seventeen years later went nearly unnoticed. The History Guy tells the story of how current historical events affect our appreciation of the past and how Pierre Montet discovered the Silver Pharaoh.
The King James Version: Translating the World’s Most Popular Book.
The Holy Bible is the most read, and one of the most influential, books in world history. But the choice of what to include, and translating ancient words into modern languages, created many pitfalls, and even including a “wicked bible.” The History Guy recalls the convoluted path from Galilee to English translations of the world’s most popular book.
When 85-year-old Lana Peters passed away in 2011 from complications due to colon cancer, the nation seemed to have forgotten the woman who had become a sensation during the Cold War. The History Guy recalls the extraordinary life of the woman whose defection to the United States represented a seminal moment in history.
Bessie Coleman was the first black person to earn an international aviation license from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale. The History Guy remembers the fearless “Queen Bess” who inspired a generation of aviation pioneers. Her life is history that deserves to be remembered.
Inoculation existed for centuries before it was accepted by Western medicine. Onesimus, an African slave in early eighteenth century Boston, played a critical role in legitimizing a procedure that saved millions of lives. The History Guy remembers Onesimus, one of “the Best Bostonians of All Time.”
In 1960 the Swan Islands, 95 miles from Honduras, were disputed territory, and the front lines of the Cold War. In a History Guy Short episode, the History Guy recalls how the CIA prevented a crisis by offering free beer.
In April 1943, troops of the British First Army captured a German Tiger tank virtually intact. It was the first operable Tiger tank captured by the British. But the details of its capture, and the battle in which it was captured, are still mysterious. The History Guy recalls the forgotten battle at Guriat el Atach.