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.
Some of the most common viewer questions that are received at this channel regard The History Guy’s hat collection. Military uniforms were impacted by practical needs, historical events, and the preferences of powerful leaders. The History Guy talks about collecting military “covers” and why the United States Navy once had five different colors of the same hat.
Different cultures have been roasting meat over a fire since prehistory. But the practice took on special meaning in the United States. The History Guy remembers a brief history of American barbecue.
The Battle of Okinawa was the largest and deadliest battle of the Pacific campaign. But the terrible battle on the island was only part of the fight, as the ships of the Navy faced an onslaught of Kamikaze attacks. The History Guy recalls the many desperate actions to save the ships of the Okinawa armada.
Jefferson “Soapy” Smith was one of the most skilled, and infamous, confidence men in United States history. He was “so dirty he made a crime out of soap”. His life of crime is a ripping yarn and a cautionary tale that deserves to be remembered.
Located in rural Randolph County, Illinois, Fort de Chartres seems out of place. The imposing limestone fort with fifteen foot walls once stood as the seat of government for the vast “Illinois country,” and the symbol of hopes for the future of New France. The History Guy recalls the forgotten history of the fringe of the French empire in North America.
Usually portrayed as a lanky man wearing a long-handled pot on his head and spreading apple seeds, the real Johnny Appleseed was a shrewd businessman and religious zealot who played an important role in U.S. westward expansion effort. The History Guy explores the reality underlying the character of American folklore. This is the forgotten history of the man, John Chapman, behind the legend of Johnny Appleseed.