In the late seventeenth century, Europe was in the throes of the Age of Enlightenment. The new ideas of rationalism contributed to the overthrow of an English King, the creation of modern Freemasonry, and a Papal Bull that all represented a massive shift in the thinking of early-modern Europe. The History Guy recalls the forgotten history of the Order of the Pug.
Vietnam was not the first conflict to include helicopters, but much of the doctrine of their use was developed there. A coin sent by a viewer helps The History Guy to recall the forgotten story of the Assault Helicopter Companies of the War in Vietnam.
While sewing needles have been around for tens of thousands of years, a machine to mechanically reproduce their work is relatively new. The History Guy recalls the forgotten history of an invention that transformed economies, industries, and culture.
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.