The Powhattan Disaster

The week of Easter, 1854, a powerful nor’easter, that peculiar type of storm that occurs in the North Atlantic caused when a cold air mass from Canada runs into warm gulf stream current, struck the US and Canadian eastern seaboard. The mighty storm would result in the loss of a ship called the Powhattan, inContinue reading “The Powhattan Disaster”

Butch Cassidy, The Sundance Kid, and Etta Place: Part 1

On February 20, 1901, three Americans boarded a steamship from New York bound for Argentina. The circumstances that drove the famous outlaws of the Wild Bunch, Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid and their mysterious companion Etta Place, to leave the country are not quite what the movies portray. It is a moment of Wild WestContinue reading “Butch Cassidy, The Sundance Kid, and Etta Place: Part 1”

Fort Sumter and the “Third System”

The first battle of Fort Sumter is generally considered to represent the first shots of the US Civil War. The fort at the center of the attack was a modern, but unfinished fortification, that itself represented the unique nation that had gone to war with itself.

The Great Royal Buffalo Hunt of 1872

The History Guy remembers when diplomacy, buffalo and champagne, highlight the meeting of two American legends and a grand duke of Russia. It was an early example of U.S. and Russian diplomacy and history that deserves to be remembered. The History Guy uses images that are in the Public Domain. As photographs of actual eventsContinue reading “The Great Royal Buffalo Hunt of 1872”

Yip Harburg: Forgotten Lyricist of ‘Over the Rainbow’

Edgar “Yip” Harburg wrote the lyric for “Over the Rainbow”, one of the most beloved movie film songs of all time. Yet so few people remember his name. The History Guy remembers the life and legacy of Harburg, the man who also wrote the lyric for the song considered the anthem of the Great Depression.Continue reading “Yip Harburg: Forgotten Lyricist of ‘Over the Rainbow’”

Janet Guthrie: If Your Desire is Strong Enough, Anything is Doable

Janet Guthrie was the first woman to qualify and compete in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500, among many other racing firsts. But her goal wasn’t so much to be the first to do something, but, rather, to be the best.

A Rooftop Murder: Stanford White, Henry Thaw, and the Trial of the Century

On June 25th, 1906, many New York City socialites were attending the theatrical premier of “Mam’zelle Champagne” at Madison Square Garden. One member of the audience was Stanford White, a prolific and famous architect. During the show’s final number White was approached by Henry Thaw, a multi-millionaire and son of a coal and railroad baron.Continue reading “A Rooftop Murder: Stanford White, Henry Thaw, and the Trial of the Century”

The “Great Olive Poisoning” of 1919

On Saturday, August 23rd, 1919 the Lakeside club of Canton Ohio held a dinner and dance to celebrate the return of Colonel Charles C Weybrecht, formerly adjutant general of the state of Ohio and most recently commander of the US 146th infantry regiment, just returned from the war in France. The party, some version ofContinue reading “The “Great Olive Poisoning” of 1919″

Shōkaku and Cavalla, a Confrontation of the WWII Pacific Theater

In June 1944, one of the largest, most modern and most important ships in the Imperial Japanese Navy, Shōkaku, encountered a US submarine, Cavalla, out on its first patrol. The History Guy remembers a WWII confrontation in the Pacific Theater. It is history that deserves to be remembered.