Stuff You Missed in History Class

Stuff You Missed in History Class

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Who was Hypatia of Alexandria? What was the Flannan Isles disappearance? Join Holly and Tracy as they bring you the greatest and strangest Stuff You Missed In History Class in this podcast by


A Cruise Through History's Ghost Ships  

There have been numerous instances of ships found adrift with no one on board. Four such ghost ships are featured here.

Vincent Price: A Talk With His Daughter Victoria Price  

If you only know of Vincent Price from his films, you may be surprised by his rich life story, as shared by his daughter Victoria Price.

Interview: Anne Byrn's 'American Cake'  

Baking expert Anne Byrn joins Holly to talk about the place of cake in the U.S. history, from the early colonies right up to the modern era.

Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol  

From 1897 to 1962, a small theater in Paris gave became famous for its grisly, terrifying plays.

The Orphan Tsunami  

In January of 1700, a tsunami struck the coast of Japan. It took a while -- a long while -- to figure out where the catalyzing earthquake had been.

Vardø Witch Trials  

At the height of Europe's witch trials, the northern coast of Norway had a disproportionate number of executions for sorcery.

The Bell Witch  

In the early 1800s, a family in Tennessee allegedly experienced what seemed to be a haunting on their family farm.

The Cod Wars  

A fishing territory dispute between Iceland and the U.K. started off with a cordial tone, but escalated into a serious conflict.

SLCC Live! Robber's Roost, Outlaw Hideout  

Robber's Roost was a safe haven for outlaws, including Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch. Learn about Robber's Roost from Stuff You Missed in History Class.

The New Orleans 1900 Race Riot  

In July 1900, an interaction between New Orleans police and two black men set off a chain of horrific events.

SLCC Live! How Historical Fiction Gets Made  

Tracy and Holly with authors Bryan Young, E.B. Wheeler and Brian McClellan at SLCC about how they weave historical inspiration into their work.

Mary Alice Nelson, aka Molly Spotted Elk  

Molly was born on Indian Island, Maine, and she turned to dance to help her family make ends meet. But because audiences and companies in the U.S. pushed her toward stereotypical depictions of Native Americans, she eventually took her dancing to France.

Live at the DMA: Pierre de Coubertin and the Modern Olympics  

Coubertin's vision to unite the world through sport launched the modern Olympic Games. But those first few times out, things weren't always smooth.

John Brown's Raid on Harper's Ferry  

John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry, Virginia, set out to create an armed revolution of emancipated slaves. Instead, it became a tipping point leading to the U.S. Civil War.

The Montgolfier Brothers and Their Balloons  

As man was looking to the skies and yearning to fly, two inventive brothers came up with an idea to set humans aloft.

The London Match Girls Strike of 1888  

The London Match Girls Strike of 1888 was an important labor rights event, when factory workers protested hazardous and unfair working conditions.

Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation with John B. King  

Secretary of Education Dr. John B. King Jr. discusses the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.

Thomas Day’s Quest for the Perfect Wife  

Thomas Day decided that the only way to have a perfect wife was to create one. So he adopted two orphans and attempted to train them.

The Boy Jones, After Buckingham  

Even though Edward Jones served two prison sentences for his intrusions into Buckingham palace, it seems that the authorities were willing to do almost anything to keep him away from London.

The Boy Jones, Queen Victoria's Persistent Intruder  

Not long after young Victoria became queen, a young man got into Buckingham Palace, wandered around, and attempted to steal several items. It was merely the first of many visits to the palace he would make.

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