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Little known stories from history

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William Henry Ellis

4/7/2018
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Born the son of Texas slaves, William Henry Ellis was the epitome of the self-made man. So self-made in fact that he even changed his name to Guillermo Enrique Eliseo and his ancestry to Mexican. He built up a financial empire based on cattle, hides and wool, then set out on his most audacious plan: to establish an African American colony in northern Mexico. Today we tell his story. You can subscribe to the Untold History podcast at Apple Podcast,... Read More Read More

Duration:00:08:30

Henry Box Brown

3/24/2018
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Today we tell the story of a slave who managed to gain his freedom in a most unusual way, then went on to live a full, interesting and free life. You can subscribe to the Untold History podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play or on your favorite podcast app. We’re on Twitter @UHPodcast. Thanks for listening! (Picture of the unboxing of Henry Box Brown by Samuel W. Rowse – où l’avez vous obtenue ?, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1540884)

Duration:00:09:31

The Inventor

3/10/2018
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America has been the home of many inventors and innovators, including Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Nikola Tesla, and Walter Hunt. Walter Hunt? Today we tell the story of a man who tinkered and tinkered and tinkered and came up with such all-American inventions as the safety pin, the forerunner of the bicycle, and the first prototype of the sewing machine, yet was never recognized for his work. You can subscribe to the Untold History on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Feedburner, or... Read More...

Duration:00:07:51

The Day They Hanged The Elephant

3/4/2018
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In the South in 1916, justice was swift, if not always by the book. And on September 13, 1916, rough justice was done in the form of a hanging for a murder that happened two days earlier. Now, to be honest, there was a trial, of sorts, before the sentence was carried out. And the condemned? Well, let’s just say they weren’t human. Today we tell the story of a circus elephant that was tried, convicted, and executed in eastern... Read More Read More

Duration:00:15:09

The Curse

2/25/2018
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In 1941, Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin ordered a group of scientists to open the tomb of Tamerlane, who had swept out of Central Asia in the late Middle Ages to create a vast empire. This turned out to be a bad idea. Hello folks, today on the Untold History we tell the story of the Curse of Tamerlane. You can subscribe to the Untold History at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Feedburner or on your favorite podcast app. We’re on Twitter @UHPodcast.... Read More Read More

Duration:00:09:12

The Boogeyman

2/18/2018
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WARNING: THIS EPISODE IS NSFW! During the early 20th century a monster roamed the streets of New York City. This man lured young children to molestation, mutilation and murder. He also claimed to have dined on his victims. Today we tell the story of Albert Fish, also known as the Boogeyman and the Moon Maniac. You can subscribe to the Untold History at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play or on your favorite podcast app. We’re on Twitter @UHPodcast. Thanks for... Read More Read More

Duration:00:15:45

The Holy Roller Divorce

2/11/2018
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In 1915, divorce was rare, at least compared to today. And the grounds for divorce were pretty serious, like adultery or abandonment. But that year a man in Washington State got a divorce from his wife over her church friends and their, shall we say, extreme zeal. You can subscribe to the Untold History at Apple Podcasts, Feedburner, Stitcher or on your favorite podcast app. We’re on Twitter @UHPodcast. Thanks for sharing us with your friends!

Duration:00:06:15

Hitler’s American Saboteur

2/4/2018
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In 1941, two young men from Chicago decided that they wanted to see the world, so they set out, first for Mexico, then on to Asia and finally to a Europe then in the midst of the Second World War. One of these men was recruited into a Nazi sabotage school, then sent to carry the war to American shores. Today, Steve and Gena tell the story of a young man who got more than he bargained for as he... Read More Read More

Duration:00:10:41

The First Woman Convicted of Bank Robbery in Kentucky

1/21/2018
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Lillian Grace Browder and her husband, Carl, were involved in a daring bank robbery in West Louisville, Kentucky, in 1929, leading to Grace’s arrest and conviction of the crime, the first woman thus convicted in the state. Today we tell her story. You can subscribe to the Untold History at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or on your favorite podcast app. We can also be found on the web at theuntoldhistory.com or on Twitter @UHPodcast. Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:05:59

George Washington, Landlord in Chief

1/14/2018
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We’ve all heard of George Washington’s story: Virginia plantation owner, British officer in the French and Indian War, commander of American forces in the Revolution, and the first President of the United States. Did you know that he was a major western landowner? Today we tell the story of George Washington and some squatters on his Appalachian land. You can subscribe to the Untold History at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Feedburner, or on your favorite podcast app. We’re on the web... Read...

Duration:00:07:41

The Prophetess

1/8/2018
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In 1814, 64 year old religious prophetess Joanna Southcott declared that she was pregnant with the second coming of Jesus Christ. Today on the Untold History we tell you her story. You can subscribe to The Untold History at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Tune In or on your favorite podcast app. We’re on Twitter @UHPodcast. We appreciate you listening and sharing our podcast with your friends. Thanks! (Picture of Joanna Southcott by Wm. Sharp –...

Duration:00:08:20

The Carnegie Con

12/25/2017
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Poor Cassie Chadwick. All she ever wanted was to be accepted by Cleveland high society. And she was, after all that lavish spending on parties and events and such. Oh, and that two million dollar promissory note from daddy, who gave it to her to shut her up about him BEING her daddy. Or not. Today on the Untold History, we tell the story of Elizabeth Bigley, aka Cassie Hoover, aka Cassie Chadwick, who conned banks all around the Cleveland... Read More Read More

Duration:00:07:40

Lincoln’s Body

12/18/2017
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After the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865, he was laid to rest at the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois. And there Lincoln remained, undisturbed, until 1876. That year a group of men decided to kidnap Lincoln’s body. Today we tell you that story. We’re on Twitter @UHPodcast Thanks for giving us a listen. If you like what you hear, please subscribe. You can so so on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Podbean, or on your own favorite podcast app.... Read More Read More

Duration:00:07:26

The HMS Dreadnought Hoax

12/11/2017
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The British Empire was at its height in 1910, powerful, haughty, and proud. The HMS Dreadnought was the flagship battleship of the British Navy, and in February of that year a group of young artists managed to do what many dream of doing: pulling one off on the establishment. Today we tell the story of the HMS Dreadnought hoax, another bit of untold history for your listening pleasure. You can subscribe to the podcast on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Google Play... Read More Read More

Duration:00:06:41

Memmie

12/5/2017
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Of all the things one might find in the French countryside in the 18th century, the last thing you’d expect would be a feral Native American child. But that’s exactly what the villagers of Songy discovered in 1731. Today we tell the story of Marie-Angelique Memmie Le Blanc. You can subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Tune In or on your own podcast app. We’re on Twitter @UHPodcast; be sure to follow us. Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:09:25

The Great Catnip Riot of 1909

11/3/2017
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Cats on catnip can be kind of cute, like playful kitties. Hundreds of cats on catnip can be terrifying! One enterprising young man found that out in 1909 in New York City, and today we tell you that story. You can subscribe to the podcast on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Google Play or on your favorite podcast app. We’re on Twitter @UHPodcast. If you like our stories, please share them with your friends. Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:07:36

Jack O’Lanterns

10/31/2017
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It’s Halloween, so today we tell the story of how the holiday came to be, as well as the origin of the jack o’lantern. We’re on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play or on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening, and have a Happy Halloween!

Duration:00:08:47

Robert Smalls: Confederate Sailor, South Carolina Senator, U.S. Representative, Escaped Slave

10/27/2017
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Robert Smalls was born in South Carolina, near Beaufort, to a Gullah-speaking slave mother. Smalls was a hard worker, and was ambitious, too, and soon mastered many trades, including that of a wheelman on a ship. And it was that last skill that changed his life. Today, Steve and Gena tell his amazing story. You can subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play or on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening! (Picture by Mathew Brady –... Read More Read More

Duration:00:10:44

Russ Columbo

10/22/2017
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There was once an entertainer who was handsome, charming, a talented singer who had his own radio show. In fact, his show was a direct competitor to Bing Crosby’s own show, and the radio networks actively promoted a rivalry between the two men. Likely, though, that while you know who Crosby is, as well as Frank Sinatra and Perry Como, you’ve probably never heard of Russ Columbo. Today we tell you the story of Russ Columbo, and what happened to... Read More Read More

Duration:00:10:37

The Man Who Changed The World

10/15/2017
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Ever hear of the Butterfly Effect? That’s a popular science fiction device, in which someone travels into the past and makes one minor change in history, like stepping on a small insect, then returns to the future to find that everything is completely different. Couldn’t happen in real life, you say. Bet you’re wrong. Henry Tandy was a British soldier during World War I, and on today’s podcast we’ll tell about how one small decision he made had repercussions that... Read More Read More

Duration:00:07:57

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