Challenge Coins: A Military Tradition

Challenge coins have a long tradition in the United States military. But their history is perhaps more legend than fact. The History Guys explores the forgotten history underlying the tradition of challenge coins.

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A History of Time Zones

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.

The Don Lee Broadcasting System

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.

Johnny Appleseed: Man Behind the Legend

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.