D-Day Medics: Robert Wright and Kenneth Moore

On this day in history, June 8th, 1944, the fighting ceased around Angoville-au-Plain, where D-Day Medics Robert Wright and Kenneth Moore were treating wounded from both sides of the conflict in a church in France. Their service and heroism are history that deserves to be remembered.

Glasses: A Brief History of Vision Correction

On this day in history, May 23, 1785, Benjamin Franklin announced his new “double spectacles” which are now known as bifocals. The quest for perfect vision has a long history, and numerous advancements were required to provide the range of products and services that today help millions of people keep the world in focus. TheContinue reading “Glasses: A Brief History of Vision Correction”

Centerline: The Surprising History of Lane Markings

Using a line painted down the center of a road to denote lanes seems to be merely common sense. But it was an innovation that took a surprising amount of time to develop. The history of lane markings is a study in the rapid effect of new technologies, and the ability of a few peopleContinue reading “Centerline: The Surprising History of Lane Markings”

Mustache Petes, Young Turks, and The Commission

In 1928 Joe “The Boss” Masseria, boss of the New York Morello gang, took the title “capo dei capi,” or “Boss of all Bosses.”: But being on top paints a target on your back, and by 1930 a new boss had entered the field, with the goal of taking down Masseria. The war that followedContinue reading “Mustache Petes, Young Turks, and The Commission”

Next Exit: A History of Roadside Attractions

At countless stops along the old highways travelers could find all manner of attractions like the “World’s Largest Ball of Paint”, “Cadillac Ranch”, and “The Thing”, giving birth to an entire culture of kitsch, monuments to the mammoth, and shrines to the strange. The history of these roadside attractions – or less charitably, tourist trapsContinue reading “Next Exit: A History of Roadside Attractions”

Robert Wadlow, The Tallest Man in History

Robert Wadlow, the “Alton Giant,” was the opposite of what fairy tales say a giant should be. His astonishing height still holds the world record for the tallest man in recorded history. The History Guy remembers an extraordinary man and his extraordinary life! Visit the Alton Museum of History and Art. http://www.altonmuseum.com/ Featuring a specialContinue reading “Robert Wadlow, The Tallest Man in History”

The Great South End Grounds Fire of 1894

In a game on May 15, 1894, a fight between Baltimore third baseman John McGraw and Boston first baseman Tommy Tucker became heated. As the fans watched the fight, everything else in the stadium became heated as well.

Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen and The Battle of Moscow

Featuring SABATON and their new single “Defense of Moscow.” https://music.sabaton.net/DefenceOfMoscow The Battle of Moscow was truly epic in scope, and represented a desperate effort by a people defending their homeland. One of the great legends of the battle- the brave last stand of Panfilov’s Twenty-Eight Guardsmen, stands as a symbol of the sacrifice of theContinue reading “Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen and The Battle of Moscow”

Reinheitsgebot: Bavarian Beer Laws

Signup for your FREE trial to The Great Courses Plus here: http://ow.ly/EBlK30rGZZM There are more than 8200 craft breweries in the United States. But it is a strange irony of the history of beer that, in sixteenth century Bavaria, such adulterations of brew were banned in a proclamation that still affects the industry today. TheContinue reading “Reinheitsgebot: Bavarian Beer Laws”