You might want a president to have vision, or even perspective, but, given their age, most all of them needed a little corrective help. The history of presidential eyeglasses deserves to be remembered.
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.
Despite suffering from acute astigmatism and dropping out of school at age 12, Carl G. Fisher went from one huge project to another, constantly finding success in unexpected places through a combination of grit, ingenuity, and dedication. He helped to start the Indianapolis Speedway, build the first interstate highways in the country, and build the city of Miami Beach. He lived a life that deserves to be remembered.
In 1835, a dispute based on a faulty map brought the State of Ohio and the Michigan Territory to the brink of war. The “Toledo War” represented the stresses of a growing nation, and rewrote the boundaries of three states. It is history that deserves to be remembered.
December 5, 2020 marks the 87th anniversary of Repeal Day, the day that the last state necessary — Utah — ratified the twenty-first amendment, officially ending the United States’ 13 year ‘experiment’ with prohibition.
November 25 was celebrated as a holiday in America for more than a century, and not because of Thanksgiving. In1783, the United States had much to celebrate, and owed a unique debt to a young sergeant, a largely forgotten hero named John Van Arsdale. The History Guy recalls a forgotten American holiday.
For a hundred years, Betty Crocker and her products have made baking and cooking easier, and her name has adorned everything from famous cookbooks to au gratin potatoes to Fruit Roll Ups. The History Guy recalls the forgotten history of a woman who built an enduring legacy – in cake.
There was a time when the US Government planned to save the population from nuclear war with 20 billion crackers. The giant tins of “Civil defense All Purpose Survival Crackers” raise questions about food, history, and how long food lasts before it becomes history. The History Guy recalls the history of a famous item on his set.
In 1950, freshman U.S. Senator Estes Kefauver took the stage against organized crime, at the head of a special committee. The Kefauver hearings, as they became known, were held in major cities across the country. The ones that were televised live became a sensation, and were how much of the country heard about the mob for the first time. The Kefauver Committee is history that deserves to be remembered.
Harry Houdini, one of the most famous magicians in history, died October 31, 1926 from a ruptured appendix. And yet this seemingly mundane cause of death still resulted in mystery. Had the magician and escape artist, in fact, been murdered? The History Guy recalls the strange circumstances of the death of Houdini.