Jack Churchill was a British Army officer who fought in World War II armed with a longbow, bagpipes, and a Scottish broadsword. Churchill carried out the last recorded longbow kill, when he shot a German NCO in 1940 in a French village during the Battle of France. Churchill also played small roles in a few films, including "The Thief of Baghdad" in 1924, and "A Yank at Oxford" in 1938.
Amos & Andy
On January 12, 1926 a two-man comedy series “Sam and Henry” debuted on Chicago radio waves. Freeman Gosden and Charles Carrell, former vaudeville actors, created and starred in the show. They played two black men from the deep south who had moved to Chicago to seek their fortunes. Gosden and Carrell left WGN to take their show to rival station WMAQ where they changed the name to "Amos & Andy," which became the highest rated show on the radio.
This Is Our Land: Grassroots Environmentalism in the Late Twentieth Century
"This Land is Our Land" offers stories of common people who often go unseen, yet do important work for our environment. Ferguson, a professor of history at Ft Lewis College in Colorado, offers a study of three specific grassroots groups in Montana, Arizona, and Tennessee who were empowered by legislation in the 1970s that gave citizens the tools to fight for the environment.
A National Geographic Documentary Series: Albert Einstein
Starring Academy Award-winning actor Geoffrey Rush, and Johnny Flynn, as famed physicist Albert Einstein, National Geographic offers a ten episode documentary series directed by Ron Howard, and produced by Brian Grazer. The series is based on the best-selling book, "Einstein: His Life and Universe" written by Walter Isaacson.
The Stockton Legacy Begins with Houston
Before there was a John Stockton (Hall of Fame NBA basketball player) or a David Stockton (who played collegiate basketball at Gonzaga University like his father, John), there was a Houston, as in Houston John Stockton. Born in Parma, Idaho in 1901, Houston Stockton played football for Gonzaga during the sport's Golden Age. In 1926, Houston won an NFL Championship with the Frankford Yellow Jackets, predecessors to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Thomas Edison’s Film Studio
The idea of taking several photos in a short period was invented by Eadward Muybridge, who proved a horse loses touch with the ground when it runs. Thomas Edison took this idea and made the Strip Kinetograph, which allowed him to make nickelodeon length films. His studio captured sneezes and kisses, but also brought Paris or Annie Oakley to the public. With the help of William Dickson, the studio also created the first film with recorded sound.
A History of The First Female Drivers in the U.S.
The First female driver that made history was the only female employee of the Haynes-Apperson Automobile Factory. Mrs. John S. Landon drove herself to work one day in 1899, and earned so much praise, her boss gave her a certificate for it. Into the 1900s woman began to gain confidence and even took road trips across the U.S. As a result, women gained independence and began to be seen as capable members of society who could reliably work.