Though educated in electrical and mechanical engineering, Charles Kettering saw himself as a tinkerer. “I’m a pliers and screwdriver man,” he said, “not a theory man.” Combining a faith in practical technology with a can-do spirit, Kettering held 140 patents and revolutionized the auto industry by inventing the electric starter... Read More
Admiral William Halsey earned his nickname “Bull” with a colorful personality and aggressive attitude. His favorite slogan summed up his approach to waging war: “Hit hard, hit fast, hit often.” During World War II, Halsey was one of America’s top admirals. His tactics helped stopped the advance of Japanese forces in the Pacific... Read More
October 1, 1946, was the last day of the first major Nuremburg trial. In the courtroom, the accused Nazis waited to hear the verdict. The judges came from the United States, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, and France. Sir Geoffrey Lawrence of Great Britain was the president of the tribunal, and he began reading the verdict... Read More
In 1894, while serving on the Civil Service Commission, Theodore Roosevelt had fought to protect Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Even though it was already a national park, laws allowed for partial destruction of the Yellowstone land by railroads and mining... Read More
At the Edison Illuminating Company, Henry Ford had flexible hours. He had time to visit local machine shops and learn more about making metal parts. And he had time to develop his new engine in a small workshop he built outside the Edison Company... Read More
During the last few years of the 1890s, H. J. Heinz repeatedly showed his genius for promoting his company. While visiting New York City in 1896, he saw a sign advertising “21 styles of shoes.” He thought of the many different foods he sold. He knew there were more than sixty. But for some reason, he thought the number fifty-seven sounded right... Read More
The 1914 Boston Red Sox featured three future members of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Centerfielder Tris Speaker is considered one of best ever at his defensive position, and he led the Sox that year with a .338 batting average.