D-Day Medics: Robert Wright and Kenneth Moore

On this day in history, June 8th, 1944, the fighting ceased around Angoville-au-Plain, where D-Day Medics Robert Wright and Kenneth Moore were treating wounded from both sides of the conflict in a church in France. Their service and heroism are history that deserves to be remembered.

Centerline: The Surprising History of Lane Markings

Using a line painted down the center of a road to denote lanes seems to be merely common sense. But it was an innovation that took a surprising amount of time to develop. The history of lane markings is a study in the rapid effect of new technologies, and the ability of a few peopleContinue reading “Centerline: The Surprising History of Lane Markings”

Mustache Petes, Young Turks, and The Commission

In 1928 Joe “The Boss” Masseria, boss of the New York Morello gang, took the title “capo dei capi,” or “Boss of all Bosses.”: But being on top paints a target on your back, and by 1930 a new boss had entered the field, with the goal of taking down Masseria. The war that followedContinue reading “Mustache Petes, Young Turks, and The Commission”

Next Exit: A History of Roadside Attractions

At countless stops along the old highways travelers could find all manner of attractions like the “World’s Largest Ball of Paint”, “Cadillac Ranch”, and “The Thing”, giving birth to an entire culture of kitsch, monuments to the mammoth, and shrines to the strange. The history of these roadside attractions – or less charitably, tourist trapsContinue reading “Next Exit: A History of Roadside Attractions”

Robert Wadlow, The Tallest Man in History

Robert Wadlow, the “Alton Giant,” was the opposite of what fairy tales say a giant should be. His astonishing height still holds the world record for the tallest man in recorded history. The History Guy remembers an extraordinary man and his extraordinary life! Visit the Alton Museum of History and Art. http://www.altonmuseum.com/ Featuring a specialContinue reading “Robert Wadlow, The Tallest Man in History”

USS Ward and the First Shots of Pearl Harbor

Outdated and crewed by naval reservists, USS Ward played a unique role at Pearl Harbor and beyond. Her brave service represents the spirit of the United States Navy and the determination of the nation through two wars.It is history that deserves to be remembered!

The Great South End Grounds Fire of 1894

In a game on May 15, 1894, a fight between Baltimore third baseman John McGraw and Boston first baseman Tommy Tucker became heated. As the fans watched the fight, everything else in the stadium became heated as well.

Where Legend Meets History, Remembering the Real Lone Ranger

The legends and mythology that originated in the American West have captured the imagination of generations. Some of those stories have actual historical figures as their inspiration. The History Guy remembers Bass Reeves, John Reynolds Hughes, and more forgotten history of the Wild West. It is history that deserves to be remembered!

Orphan Trains

The five decades between 1800 and 1850 saw the United States beginning a massive societal shift toward urbanization, especially in the North East. One result was the proliferation of orphans and runaways living on city streets. One man stepped up to try to solve the problem with an idea that would eventually affect nearly aContinue reading “Orphan Trains”