On December 30, 1853, the first draft of a treaty was signed that would complete the borders of the United States “lower 48.” The Gadsden purchase was grounded in the politics and economics of the era, had significant political ramifications on both sides of the border. It is history that deserves to be remembered.
In 1907, class friction in France was coming to a boil. In defiance of the strict rules being placed on them from their employers and high-class Parisians, men across Paris were walking off the job, determined not to be humiliated any longer. A great strike had begun, and the working class men who embodied it weren’t going to go back to work until they got what they deserved – moustaches.
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.
In November 1943, the allies in the Pacific launched a series of desperate, nearly unprecedented, and extraordinarily risky attacks that culminated on November 11. Armistice Day 1943 is history that deserves to be remembered.
George Washington became the first President of the United States in 1789. But that leaves thirteen years between when the United States declared independence and when Washington accepted the highest office in the land. In that time, fourteen men held the office of president in the United States. While the rules were different, the contributions of the forgotten fourteen Congressional Presidents deserve to be remembered.
While overshadowed by the Boston Tea Party, the 1772 Gaspee Affair can be seen as the beginning of the events that led up to the battles of Lexington and Concord. The History Guy recalls the little remembered conflict between the Colony of Rhode Island and the Royal Navy that predated “The Shot Heard Around the World,” by more than a decade.
In 1341, John III, the Duke of the sovereign Duchy of Brittany, died, leaving some mixed instructions as to who was supposed to take his place. The war that would come afterward was closely related to the early stages of the Hundred Years War, and would lead to one of the Middle Ages’ best displays of chivalry. The History Guy recalls the “Combat of the Thirty”. It is history that deserves to be remembered.
During the Second World War, there was a very real chance that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway would be turned into a housing development. The race might have become a thing of the past were it not for the efforts of one of the race’s most legendary drivers, and a man most-known for a brand of baking powder. The History Guy recalls the forgotten story of how Wilbur Shaw and Tony Hulman saved the “Brickyard.”
After the Civil War, immigrants of all types sought the bounty and promise of the Kansas plains. Then, disaster came from the sky. The creatures were so thick they blocked out the sun, and they ate everything, even the clothes off of people’s backs. The History Guy recalls “Stricken Kansas” and the Great Grasshopper Plague of 1874.
In the run up to the First World War, many ocean liners were designed so that they could be easily converted to auxiliary cruisers. Two such vessels met off the coast of Brazil in September of 1914. The History Guy recalls the first naval battle between ocean liners.