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.

Big Nose Kate, more than Doc Holliday’s woman

Mary Katherine Horony, also known as ‘Big Nose Kate’, was more than just a beautiful woman who was associated with some of the most dangerous men in the Wild West, including Doc Holliday. Her history deserves to be remembered. This is original content based on research by The History Guy. Images in the Public DomainContinue reading “Big Nose Kate, more than Doc Holliday’s woman”

Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp: Wyatt Earp’s Common Law Wife

Josephine Marcus Earp was Wyatt Earp’s common-law wife for more than forty years. Yet her story, especially her time in Tombstone, is still shrouded in mystery. This is original content based on research by The History Guy. Images in the Public Domain are carefully selected and provide illustration. As images of actual events are sometimesContinue reading “Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp: Wyatt Earp’s Common Law Wife”

Olive Ann Beech: The First Lady of Aviation

Among the earliest and most influential people to emerge in the flight industry was Olive Ann Beech, co-founder of the Beechcraft Aircraft Corporation. Olive Ann led the company as it built iconic planes for civilians and the military, and helped to design important technology for NASA. In her decades of work with Beechcraft, she becameContinue reading “Olive Ann Beech: The First Lady of Aviation”

Adda Howie: The Woman Who Sang to Cows

In 1914, the Arizona Prescott Journal-Miner stated that Adda Howie was “one of the most famous women in the United States.” Yet few people remember her name today. “The woman who sang to cows” helped to develop the Wisconsin Dairy Industry, and became world famous as a result. Her life is history that deserves toContinue reading “Adda Howie: The Woman Who Sang to Cows”

Constance Markievicz and The Fight for Irish Independence

An Irish painter and socialite, Countess Constance Markievicz’s dedication to the cause and support of the poor drew both accolades and censures. She fought for suffrage, campaigned against Winston Churchill and took up arms for her cause in the Easter Rising, which would lead directly into Ireland’s fight for independence. Her life and actions areContinue reading “Constance Markievicz and The Fight for Irish Independence”

Boudica: The Woman Behind the Legend

Boudica of the Iceni has become a British folk heroine for her dramatic, but brief, stand against the might of the Roman Empire. But all we know of Boudica comes from two Roman historians. The History Guy tries to disentangle legend from history in “Boudica: The Woman Behind the Legend”.

The Women Airforce Service Pilots

At the outset of World War II, the US military did not accept female pilots. But women were allowed to serve as civilian contractors flying military planes in non-combat roles. The Women Airforce Service Pilots of the “WASP” flew every type of plane the US used during the war in every role flown by maleContinue reading “The Women Airforce Service Pilots”

The Fiancée of Danger

Marie Marvingt led an extraordinary life of record setting adventure.  An athlete in too many sports to count,  the French Academy of Sport finally just awarded her a gold medal “in all sports.”  A mountain climber, a journalist, a soldier, she was the worlds first flight nurse and the world’s first female combat pilot.   TheContinue reading “The Fiancée of Danger”

In Stalin’s Shadow

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.