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11 December

History Lovers Gift Guide 2013


I hope you find some gems here. I really had fun looking into this. Click on the links below to learn more about each gift.  There is still plenty of time to give a great gift before Christmas!  Whoever you favorite history buff, nerd or geek is.  If you are worried you don’t have time to purchase online try Amazon Prime.  I was skeptical at first but now that we have it, I love it!

History Magazine

A magazine subscription gives all year long. This is one of the best and least expensive.

10 November

Birth of US Marine Corps

US Marines

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A resolution, drafted by future U.S. president John Adams and adopted in Philadelphia, created the Continental Marines.  The resolution stating that “two Battalions of Marines be raised” for service as landing forces for the recently formed Continental Navy.

That resolution was approved on November 10, 1775.  Samuel Nicholas became captain and commanding officer of the newly formed Marines.  He began recruiting by visiting public inns and taverns throughout Philadelphia.  The first Marine landing on a hostile shore occurred when a force of Marines under Captain Samuel Nicholas captured New Province Island in the Bahamas from the British in March 1776.

After American independence was achieved in 1783, the Continental Navy was demobilized and its Marines disbanded.  On July 11, President John Adams signed the bill establishing the U.S. Marine Corps as a permanent military force under the jurisdiction of the Department of Navy.


Read more:

The Greatest U.S. Marine Corps Stories Ever Told: Unforgettable Stories of Courage, Honor, and Sacrifice

The Greatest U.S. Marine Corps Stories Ever Told: Unforgettable Stories of Courage, Honor, and Sacrifice

The Greatest U.S. Marine Corps Stories Ever Told: Unforgettable Stories of Courage, Honor, and Sacrifice

Semper Fi: The Definitive Illustrated History of the U.S. Marines

Semper Fi: The Definitive Illustrated History of the U.S. Marines

Semper Fi: The Definitive Illustrated History of the U.S. Marines

30 September

Blood and Tyrants: Chapters 13 – 16 *SPOILERS*



I’m way behind now.  But I guess that is what happens when you are trying to take care of a newborn and working full-time, while trying to keep a blog and podcast going.  Hang in there with me.  I’m still going and I’ll keep going, I’ll just be a little behind.  According to the schedule, I’m supposed to be on chapter 24 and I’m only on 17.  I’ll get there.  For previous post check out: IntroChap 1-3,  Chap 4-6,  Chap 7-9, and Chap 10-12.  And now for more of Logan Beirne’s Blood of Tyrants

Read more…

30 June

July Newsletter


While we have done post on July 4th in the past.  I thought it important to provide those reading the newsletter more information about the short stories it contained.  I like learning and the reason I did the podcast in the first place was to make learning easier for those of you reading and listening to the content I create.  So here we go in the order the articles appear in the emailed newsletter for July.  If you didn’t get the email please be sure to sign up on the right side of this page (and every page of the website).

If you missed the newsletter you can download the History Podcast July Newsletter.

On July 1, 1884 the MPAA introduced the PG-13 rating.

Until 1984, explicit violence and gore in the films Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Poltergeist, Clash of the Titans and Gremlins caused an uproar among parents over their PG rating.

So, Steven Spielberg, director of Temple of Doom and producer of Gremlins, to suggest a new rating to MPAA president Jack Valenti for films that have too much adult content to be rated PG, but not quite enough to be rated R. Spielberg’s suggestion was for an intermediate rating of PG-13 or PG-14.  More information at Wikipedia:  Adoption of PG-13.

Red Dawn was the first movie to have a PG-13 rating.  According to

On August 10, 1983, the action film Red Dawn, starring Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen, became the first-ever PG-13 movie to be released in theaters.

Did you know that on July 4, 1826 both former presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died within 5 hours of each other? It was in 1776 by David McCullough. An awesome book. The prefect history read for July!

There is more to July 4th, than fireworks and hot dogs.  It also seems very surprising that both these great men that had so much to do with the United States as an independent country both died on that day of national celebration.  From

Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were the last surviving members of the original American revolutionaries who had stood up to the British empire and forged a new political system in the former colonies. However, while they both believed in democracy and life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, their opinions on how to achieve these ideals diverged over time.

The next day, July 5th, sees the introduction of the Bikini in 1946.  It was first shown in France at Piscine Molitor, a popular swimming pool in Paris.

Parisian showgirl Micheline Bernardini modeled the new fashion, which Reard dubbed “bikini,” inspired by a news-making U.S. atomic test that took place off the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean earlier that week.

Forrest Gump opens in U.S. theaters on July 6, 1994. It took home six Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor. The movie was based on a 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom, who (like his main character) grew up in Alabama and served in the Army during Vietnam.

These are some of my favorite quotes from that famous movie.  Post yours in the comments.

I gotta find Bubba!

When I was in China on the All-American Ping Pong team, I just loved playing ping-pong with my Flexolite ping pong paddle.

Mama says they was magic shoes. They could take me anywhere.

Forrest: Lieutenant Dan, what are you doing here?
Lieutenant Dan: I’m here to try out my sea legs.
Forrest: But you ain’t got no legs, Lieutenant Dan.
Lieutenant Dan: [mildly irritated, but understanding] Yes… yes, I know that. You wrote me a letter, you idiot!

I’m sorry I had to fight in the middle of your Black Panther party.

Lieutenant Dan: Where are you boys from in the world?
ForrestBubba: Alabama, sir!
Lieutenant Dan: You twins?
Forrest: No, we are not relations Sir.

On July 9 in 1941, crackerjack British cryptologists break the secret code used by the German army to direct ground-to-air operations on the Eastern front.  You can listen all about this in the history podcast episode #77.

July 11, 1884 is the day Aaron Burr shoots Alexander Hamilton.  The leading Federalist and the chief architect of America’s political economy, died the following day. Learn more. There has recently been a new book released on the subject. If you’re a reader you may enjoy: Duel with the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America’s First Sensational Murder Mystery

On July 17,1955 Disneyland opens.  Walt himself introduces Disneyland in this youtube video.  The $17 million theme park was built on 160 acres of former orange groves in Anaheim, California, and soon brought in staggering profits. Today, Disneyland hosts more than 14 million visitors a year, who spend close to $3 billion.  Learn more.

First World Cup played on July 13, 1930.  France defeats Mexico 4-1 and the United States defeats Belgium 3-0 in the first-ever World Cup football matches, played simultaneously in host city Montevideo, Uruguay.  Learn more.

One of the few days in human history that will forever be remembered!  July 20, 1969Neil Armstrong, 240,000 miles from Earth, speaks these words to more than a billion people listening at home:

That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.

Machu Picchu was discovered on July 24, 1911.  Hiram Bingham, an American archeologist, gets his first look at Machu Picchu, an ancient Inca settlement in Peru that is now one of the world’s top tourist destinations.  Learn more.

On July 26, 1775 Second Continental Congress established the U.S. Postal system with Benjamin Franklin as its first postmaster general. Learn more.