Malbork Castle and the Teutonic Order.

From The History Guy. In modern Poland and Germany, the Teutonic order of knights fought to colonize and Christianize the “Old Prussians” and other groups living along the coast of the Baltic Sea. One of the ways they secured their power was to build fortresses as bases that could keep the local population submissive, and…

The History Guy Podcast: Pilotless Planes: Self-landing Planes, the L-8 Blimp, and Taffy Holden

From The History Guy. This is an episode of the THG Podcast, which posts to YouTube once every two weeks in addition to regular History Guy content, about a month after it releases to podcast services. Subscribe to the RSS feed: https://feeds.captivate.fm/thehistoryguy/ Stories of Pilotless aircraft! First, The History Guy talks about three planes that…

War and Mosquitos

From The History Guy. Mosquitos spread malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever, West Nile virus, zika virus and numerous other deadly and debilitating diseases. As there are an estimated over 100 trillion mosquitoes on the planet at any given moment, it should not come as a surprise the mosquitos have had a significant impact on war.…

9/11 and The History of Firefighting

From The History Guy. On the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, The History Guy recalls the forgotten history of the profession of firefighting. "A History of Firefighting" was originally posted by The History Guy on September 11, 2019. This version of the episode contains a new introduction and conclusion, additional content, and updated list…

The Other Tea Parties

From The History Guy. Though by far the most famous, the protest in Boston Harbor was only one of many ‘tea parties’ that followed all over the American colonies. The History Guy remembers the forgotten history of the "other" tea parties. This is original content based on research by The History Guy. Images in the…

The 1947 Centralia Mine Disaster

From The History Guy. On March 9th, 1946 a letter was stamped as “received” at the Governor’s office in Springfield, Illinois. Miners at the Local 52 union of the United Mine Workers of America had addressed the letter to governor Dwight Green, begging him to take action at what they considered unsafe conditions at their…

Sarah Bernhardt: The World’s First Celebrity

From The History Guy. Before social media and summer blockbusters, before even the concept of a “movie star,” one extraordinary woman created the blueprint for the stars of today. Without a single tweet, having never posted on instagram, the woman who has been described as “the world’s first celebrity” captivated king and commoner. The History…

The Battle of Cannae

From The History Guy. Perhaps no great defeat has been more famous across time that one fought in the Second Punic War, when the feared Hannibal of Carthage crossed the Alps intent on sacking Rome. In a series of brilliant strategic victories, Hannibal threatened the very existence of the Roman Republic. And Hannibal perhaps never…

USS Texas and the Tampico Affair

From The History Guy. Just months before the assassination of Franz Ferdinand would begin the July Crisis, a minor incident in the city of Tampico nearly sparked a war between the US and its southern neighbor. The incident represented the beginning of the active service of USS Texas to be a part of a diplomatic…