Abraham Galloway, Spy for the Union

From The History Guy. While we remember Black leaders of the Civil War and Reconstruction Era like Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman, many others are largely forgotten. An indisputable hero who risked his life spying on behalf of the Union, Abraham Galloway was, in his time, one of the most dynamic and popular of the…

The Forgotten History of Chocolate Candy

From The History Guy. Get MagellanTV here: https://try.magellantv.com/historyguy/ & get an exclusive offer extended to our viewers: an extra month FREE. MagellanTV is a new kind of streaming service run by filmmakers with 2,000+ documentaries! Check out our personal recommendation and MagellanTV’s exclusive playlists: https://www.magellantv.com/explore/history The seeds of the theobroma cacao tree have been part…

Chasing the 1973 Total Eclipse

From The History Guy. In 1973, the combination of a total solar eclipse with an exceptionally long duration and the new Concorde supersonic transport allowed an unprecedented scientific opportunity. The History Guy recalls when a group of scientists chased the moon’s shadow in an experimental plane. It is history that deserves to be remembered. This…

Bessie Coleman, Barnstorming Pioneer

From The History Guy. Bessie Coleman was the first black person to earn an international aviation license from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale. The History Guy remembers the fearless "Queen Bess" who inspired a generation of aviation pioneers. Her life is history that deserves to be remembered. This is original content based on research by The…

The 1985 Sigonella Incident

From The History Guy. The 1985 hijacking of the MV Achille Lauro led to an international dispute that almost drew NATO allies into armed confrontation. The History Guy remembers the five hour standoff at Naval Air Station Sigonella. This is original content based on research by The History Guy. Images in the Public Domain are…

Smallpox Inoculation and Onesimus

From The History Guy. Inoculation existed for centuries before it was accepted by Western medicine. Onesimus, an African slave in early eighteenth century Boston, played a critical role in legitimizing a procedure that saved millions of lives. The History Guy remembers Onesimus, one of "the Best Bostonians of All Time." This is original content based…

The 1960 Invasion of Great Swan Island

From The History Guy. In 1960 the Swan Islands, 95 miles from Honduras, were disputed territory, and the front lines of the Cold War. In a History Guy Short episode, the History Guy recalls how the CIA prevented a crisis by offering free beer. This is original content based on research by The History Guy.…

Tiger 131 and the Battle at Guriat el Atach

From The History Guy. Get MagellanTV here: https://try.magellantv.com/historyguy/ & get an exclusive offer extended to our viewers: an extra month FREE. MagellanTV is a new kind of streaming service run by filmmakers with 2,000+ documentaries! Check out our personal recommendation and MagellanTV’s exclusive playlists: https://www.magellantv.com/explore/history In April 1943, troops of the British First Army captured…

Inscription Rock and the American Southwest

From The History Guy. A sandstone outcropping in Western New Mexico called "Inscription rock" carries the marks left by four hundred years of passers by. Journalist Charles F. Lummis said of the stones at El Morro “Certainly all the other rocks in America do not, all together, hold so much of American history.” The History…

The Great Vowel Shift and the History of Britain.

From The History Guy. The English language underwent a dramatic change in pronunciation between the fourteenth and the seventeenth centuries, so much so that Geoffrey Chaucer and William Shakespeare likely would not have understood each other’s speech. The transformation was emblematic of the historical events that shaped a nation. The History Guy recalls the Great…

Ketchup: A History

From The History Guy. To many, tomato ketchup is the quintessential American condiment. But ketchup was not invented in the United States, and did not always include tomatoes. The History Guy remembers the surprising history of ketchup. This is original content based on research by The History Guy. Images in the Public Domain are carefully…

Picasso’s Many Muses

From The History Guy. Pablo Picasso was one of the most important and prolific artists of the twentieth century. But his art came at a price for those who loved him. The History Guy recalls the many loves of Pablo Picasso. This is original content based on research by The History Guy. Images in the…

The Battle of Britain and Artie Holmes’ Hurricane

From The History Guy. Get MagellanTV here: https://try.magellantv.com/historyguy/ & get an exclusive offer extended to our viewers: an extra month FREE. MagellanTV is a new kind of streaming service run by filmmakers with 2,000+ documentaries! Check out our personal recommendation and MagellanTV’s exclusive playlists: https://www.magellantv.com/explore/history At the height of the Battle of Britain, one RAF…

Asbestos and Human History

From The History Guy. Today we know asbestos to be a health hazard. But the natural mineral was not simply an artifact of the industrial age. The History Guy recalls the long human history with asbestos. This is original content based on research by The History Guy. Images in the Public Domain are carefully selected…

1942 Raid on Makin Island

From The History Guy. The Marine Raiders of the Second World War were described as the United States’ first special operations forces. A raid in August 1942 on a Japanese-held atoll tested the strategies and marines of the Second Raider Battalion. The History Guy remembers the 1942 Raid on Makin Island. This is original content…

Able Archer and the World’s Most Dangerous Year

From The History Guy. A series of events in 1983 brought the U.S. and the Soviet Union to the brink of nuclear conflict. The History Guy remembers "the world’s most dangerous year". This is original content based on research by The History Guy. Images in the Public Domain are carefully selected and provide illustration. As…