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”

Empires, Pirates, and Jenkins’ ear

On this date, April 9, 1731, a war, which came as the result of a war which was, itself the result of a war, found casus belli in the form of traumatic auriculectomy. It is a story of empires, great navies, pirates- because all great stories include pirates- and perhaps the most famous ear removalContinue reading “Empires, Pirates, and Jenkins’ ear”

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”

Through the Eyes of Timothy, The last survivor of the Crimean War

The History Guy remembers Timothy the tortoise, the last survivor of the Crimean War, and shows that wisdom comes with age. Her life is history that deserves to be remembered. The episode discusses events and shows some artwork and photographs depicting a periods of war, which some viewers may find disturbing. All events are describedContinue reading “Through the Eyes of Timothy, The last survivor of the Crimean War”

Porky Bickar and Foolish History

It was the spring of 1974 and residents of the Alaska panhandle town of Sitka woke to a surprise. 3400 foot mount Edgecumbe, towering over the city, was belching thick, black smoke. Little did the worried residents know that local resident Porky Bickar was following in an ancient tradition. This episode of The History GuyContinue reading “Porky Bickar and Foolish History”

Horace de Vere Cole, The Sultan of Pranks

The History Guy remembers Horace de Vere Cole, “The Sultan of Pranks”, and the Bloomsbury Group who helped society adapt to modernization through jokes, pranks and the most epic catchphrase of all time. Bunga-bunga!

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″