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 HowStuffWorks.com.

Episodes

The Ladies of Llangollen  

In the late 18th century, Sarah Ponsonby and Lady Eleanor Butler, abandoned their life in Irish society and made a home for themselves in Wales.

The Evacuation of Dunkirk  

With a huge number of British Expeditionary Force troops stranded in one location, a massive evacuation operation was undertaken.

The Battle of France and the Flight to Dunkirk  

Retellings of the Dunkirk rescue often leave out how a huge part of the British Expeditionary Force ended up stranded.

NASA History: Chief Historian Bill Barry on Hugh Dryden  

The NASA space program likely wouldn't be what it is today without the work Hugh Dryden did before NASA even existed.

Catalina de Erauso, the Lieutenant Nun  

Despite growing up in a convent and coming very close to taking religious vows as a nun, Catalina de Erauso wound up living a life of danger and adventure.

William Hogarth  

In the early 18th century, an engraver-turned-artist made his mark on the art world by producing satirical prints in series that commented on morality and society. And some of his work is used today as a teaching tool.

Unearthed! in July 2017!  

It's time for another mid-year edition of Unearthed! The show covers new information about the Lions of Tsavo, H.H. Holmes and Ötzi.

The Eastland Disaster  

The Eastland disaster was one of the deadliest maritime disasters in American history. In this case, safety regulations actually made things worse.

Roses Through Time  

This much-beloved flower predates mankind, and it's a little difficult to track our early relationship with cultivating it.

A Brief History of Veterinary Medicine  

Animals and humans have been living together for centuries, but standardized veterinary care developed over a long period of time.

The Cuyahoga River's Last Fires  

In 1969, the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio caught fire, not for the first time, but for the last time.

The Extinction of the Stephens Island Wren  

The extinction of the wren is often attributed to a single cat, but there's more to the story.

William Moulton Marston & the Creation of Wonder Woman  

Most people know Wonder Woman as an embodiment of truth and justice, but don't know much about the comic's earlier years or its creator.

Louis Riel  

Riel was labeled both a traitor and a hero in his time. His leadership in the Red River Rebellion led to the establishment of Manitoba.

Annette Kellerman  

Australian Kellerman gets a lot of the credit for developing the women's one-piece bathing suit, but she was also a competitive swimmer and film star.

Maria Sibylla Merian  

As a naturalist illustrator, Maria Sibylla Merian helped dispel many entomological myths and improved the scientific study of insects and plants.

The Scopes Trial  

The Scopes Trial played out in Dayton, Tennessee, in the summer of 1925. It all stemmed from a state law prohibiting the teaching of evolution.

Hitler’s Early Rise and the Night of the Long Knives  

Over the course of several days in 1934, Adolf Hitler eliminated all of his political enemies, enabling him to declare himself Fuhrer.

Copernicus  

In addition to being an astronomer, Copernicus was also a mathematician, a doctor, and wrote a manuscript on devaluation of currency.

Six Impossible Episodes: Soldiers, Snipers and Spies  

This installment of our impossible episodes series features a set of stories that are all about front-line heroism. Most of them are listener requests.

Horace de Vere Cole and the Dreadnought Hoax  

In his most brazen prank, Cole schemed to gain access to the HMS Dreadnought by getting his friends to pretend they were Abyssinian royalty.

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