The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and A.P. Giannini

Though you may not know his name, you have probably benefited from one of A.P. Giannini’s innovations. The History Guy tells the forgotten history of the life of A.P. Giannini and the creation of modern bank loans which was inexorably tied to a devastating earthquake in San Francisco. The History Guy uses images that areContinue reading “The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and A.P. Giannini”

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.

The Great Kansas Grasshopper Plague of 1874

After the Civil War, immigrants of all types sought the bounty and promise of the Kansas plains. Then, disaster came from the sky. The creatures were so thick they blocked out the sun, and they ate everything, even the clothes off of people’s backs. The History Guy recalls “Stricken Kansas” and the Great Grasshopper PlagueContinue reading “The Great Kansas Grasshopper Plague of 1874”

1815 Eruption of Mount Tambora

In 1815, the volcano Mount Tambora on the island of Sumbawa in the Dutch East Indies erupted in the most explosive volcanic eruption in human history. The explosion affected the world’s climate, changing history in surprising ways. The History Guy recalls the forgotten history of the year without a summer.