On October 2, 1919, Edith Wilson found her husband, US President Woodrow Wilson, unconscious on the floor of his private bathroom. The nation spent the next 17 months not knowing Wilson’s condition or prognosis. Woodrow Wilson’s stroke changed world policy, our understanding of the presidency, and might even have affected who would be elected the next president.
While the Battle of Bull Run, also called the Battle on Manassas- the first major battle of the U.S. Civil War- is well known, the second major battle of the war is nearly forgotten. The Battle of Wilson’s Creek was the first major battle of the war fought west of the Mississippi and represented the conflicted loyalties of the border states. The History Guy recalls a little remembered battle over control of Missouri.
Today, what we call “Maine lobster” is considered a delicacy, and the further from the East coast, the more expensive it is. It wasn’t always like that. The History guy recalls the forgotten history of the changing perception of “bugs of the sea.”
At the outset of World War II, the United States had not developed a doctrine for amphibious operations. The development of that doctrine would be some of the most important lessons of the early war, contributing to future successes. USS Texas would be at the center of that process. It is history that deserves to be remembered.
“A History of Firefighting” was originally posted by The History Guy on September 11, 2019. This version of the episode contains a new introduction. The History Guy recalls the forgotten history of the profession of firefighting.
Among the strategies for dealing with the U-boat threat to U.S. shipping was a series of small vessels, designed to be built cheaply and quickly, and optimized to find and hunt submarines. The sub chasers were small, but ended up playing out-sized roles along the coasts of the United States and around the world. The History Guy tells the forgotten story of the submarine chasers of the U.S. Navy.
Facing increasing competition from economy cars from Japan and Europe, General Motors roared into the subcompact market with an innovative design based on cutting edge technology. The Chevrolet Vega was the 1971 Motor Trend Car of the Year, but problems were soon to follow. The History Guy recalls the forgotten history of the dawn of “subcompact” cars and “the car that nearly destroyed G.M.”
In another video in the series about his hat collection, the History Guy recalls the history of the broad-brimmed felt or straw hat, with a high crown, pinched symmetrically at the four corners.
Hercules Mulligan was an early supporter of the patriot cause, and a major influence on the young Alexander Hamilton. A tailor, he gathered intelligence that helped save George Washington twice. The History Guy recalls one of the most enigmatic figures of the American Revolution.
In February 1941, as the East Africa Campaign was coming to a close, three Italian ships, RAMB I, RAMB II and Eritrea, had to make a run for an allied port. The fates of the three ships represented the shifting fortunes of the war. The History Guy recalls the forgotten history of three ships that demonstrated the “world” part of World War II.