Horsepower: James Watt and the Transition from Horse to Steam

How much power is there in a horsepower, where does the term come from, and how did it become the most common way of talking about the power of a car engine? In fact the history of horsepower begins in the 18th century, and with a man whose name has become synonymous with a measurementContinue reading “Horsepower: James Watt and the Transition from Horse to Steam”

1958 Mars Bluff Nuclear Bomb Incident

In 2003 Walter Gregg, then 82, said “Not too many people can say they’ve had a nuclear bomb dropped on them. Not too many would want to.” The 1958 Mars Bluff nuclear weapon incident deserves to be remembered.

The Great Sicily Earthquake of 1693

The Sicily earthquake of 1693 was the most powerful in recorded Italian history, and was so devastating that it changed the nature of architecture throughout the region. It is history that deserves to be remembered.

Erik the Red and Viking Greenland

Erik the Red is one of the most famous historical Norsemen today. His life was in some way that of a typical ‘Viking’, but ultimately he established for himself and his family a famous reputation. He led the first permanent settlements of Greenland, and indirectly the earliest recorded landing on American shores.

The Extraordinary Voyage of the USS Marblehead

By May 1942, nearly half of the forty surface ships of the U.S. Asiatic fleet would be sunk, including the fleet’s largest vessel, the heavy cruiser USS Houston. But the improbable survival of one of the fleet’s vessels, the light cruiser USS Marblehead, is the stuff of legend. The extraordinary voyage of the Marblehead isContinue reading “The Extraordinary Voyage of the USS Marblehead”

Last Stand of the Inca Empire

The most successful of the Inca resistance leaders was the Spanish installed emperor, Manco Inca, who rebelled in 1535 and briefly threatened the Spaniard’s hold on the Empire. The last stand of the Inca Empire is history that deserves to be remembered.

The Gadsden Purchase

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.

The Great Paris Moustache Strike of 1907

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 itContinue reading “The Great Paris Moustache Strike of 1907”

Christmas Trees: A Forgotten History

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.