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I Can't Believe That Happened, a children's podcast every week full of interesting moments in History.




New Episode: History Podcast for Kids: Famous Magicians: Houdin

Jean- Eugene-Robert-Houdin- (December 7, 1805 – June 13, 1871) “A magician is merely an actor playing the part of a magician.” Jean was born in Blois France to a watchmaker. His father was set on Robert becoming a lawyer. Robert was set on becoming a watchmaker. He had a job as a clerk in a law office for a short time where he spent most of his time tinkering with mechanical objects in the office than writing and copying. He was sent back to his father where he became an apprentice...


Emperor Norton

visit www.owlandtwine.com to sign up for our newsletter and see the images discussed in the podcast. A for kids history podcast in 10 minutes. This week the emperor of America, Edward Norton. Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle to the New York Times. Edward Norton was a visionary of the gold rush who made decrees from equal rights to building the Bay Bridge. Lauded as the only emperor to shed no blood. Emperor Norton the King of America Did you know America had a king? This is one of my...


Adelaide Hermann “The Queen of Magic”

Hey all this is Monica from I can't believe that happened and I am so grateful for all of you coming back to the podcast it was a very long and unexpected but I try to have some exciting news I took the time because I was reading a book and I could really use your help on this it's at I will and Twine.com that's the website and I cannot live in some of the book it's also a game and I need as many people as possible to take a look at play the game and tell me what you like and don't like this...


Hazel Scott: Genius Musician, Performer, and Civil Rights Activist

Hazel Dorthy Scott born June 11, 1920 in Trinidad her parent: R. Thomas Scott a West African scholar from Liverpool and mother Alma long Scott a music teacher and classical pianist. Jazz and classical pianist JulliardCount Basie Orchestra As a teen performed piano and trumpet in her mothers all girl jazz band. In the mid 1930's she played at The Apollo Theater and Carnegie Hall. By 1945 she was making $75,000 a year or adjust for today $1 043, 762. In 1943 she began appearing as...


Bessie Coleman: Aviation History: Black History Month

For the last week of Black History month 2019 I want to introduce on of my heroes: Bessie Coleman. Bessie Coleman amazes me by her sheer energy and rufusal to let ANYTHING detour her dreams, even when they do not work out, even when every odd is against her, even when her plane crashes she takes it in stride and creates a new plan. Some of you know that I am disabled. Though flight is not my dream and the racial struggles and barrier Ms. Coleman had to reckon with are not mine I can...


Ida B Wells: Activist, Journalist, and Teacher: Black History Month

Sources for Ida B Wells: Activist, Journalist, and Teacher: Black History Month National Women's History Museum: https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/ida-b-wells-barnett Biography: https://www.biography.com/people/ida-b-wells-952763 NY Times Overlooked Obituaries: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/obituaries/overlooked-ida-b-wells.html PBS 13: https://www.thirteen.org/wnet/jimcrow/stories_people_wells.html Mississippi History Now:...


Robert Smalls The Slave Who Stole A Confederate Ship and Became a Senator: Black History Month:

Robert Smalls was born a slave in South Carolina April 5, 1839 At 12 years old Robert Smalls’ owners rented him out to work in the town and on the water as a lamplighter, sailmaker, and sailor. This was where he learned the skills he would later use to make his daring escape and when he met his wife Hannah Smalls. At this time Union ships blockaded the South's harbors and Robert Smalls began to plan his and his young family’s escape. May 13, 1862 Robert Smalls and a group of fellow slaves...


It’s A Dogs Life The Amazing Friendship and Life of Bummer and Lazarus

This week we are are going back to the 1860’s to learn all about two dogs who ruled the city: Bummer and Lazarus. They were friends with the King of America (Emperor Norton) and with Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain). The city fell head over tails for these pups and they could do no wrong in the populations of San Francisco’s eyes. One day outside of Martin’s Saloon a giant black and white Newfoundland appeared and quickly made himself very useful by tackling the saloons rat problem. The patrons...


Barnum’s American Museum Step Right Up See a Mermaid, A Whale, and See the Marvels of the World

*Show Notes for Barnum’s American History Museum* Barnum museum The Barnum Museum was arguably the wonder of the world in the 1800’s. If you watched /The Greatest Showman/ you can get the filmmaker’s idea of what the Barnum’s American Museum was like. Unfortunately, I feel like they really missed an opportunity, as wonderful as the Greatest Showman was it missed the live whale, the performing grizzly bears, and the Feejee Mermaid so step right up and be amazed we are going back to 1841 to...


The History of Tom Thumb Part II The Fairy Wedding A History Podcast for Kids

The exciting conclusion to the story of Charles Stratton or as P.T. Barnum named him, Tom Thumb. In This episode you will learn about how he met his wife Lavinia Warren and all about their "Fairy Wedding". Tune in next week for Lavinia Warren's Story from school teacher to star to entrepreneur. Thank you so much for listening! If you enjoyed here are some very nice things you can do for I Can't Believe That Happened: Say something nice about us on ITunes And share the podcast with...


Tom Thumb History of the Circus

I cheated a little bit since Tom Thumb was a member of the tour and P.T. Barnum's American Museum but was not apart of an actual circus. Please forgive I could not resist doing an episode on Charles Stratton (General Tom Thumb). If you happen to have seen The Greatest Showman (As I have a dozen times) you might remember him. While I LOVE the movie the true story of General Tom Thumb is even more fantastical. Please tune in and hear about Tom's audience with the Queen and his play battle with...


The History of the Circus: History of Acrobats: History Podcast for Kids

How did circuses begin? How did people decide to start flying through the air and swinging from the top of circus tents? Who started what we think of as a circus? Take a listen to our bite size history podcast fro kids and curious adults.


Helen Keller

Helen Keller You might have heard her name before. I am relatively certain you have but I am guessing that you heard about her in the same way I was taught about Helen Keller, almost as an accessory to her teacher’s story. I am so excited to get to introduce all of you to a woman that until I began researching I only knew as a brave disabled woman who inspired by her willingness to learn. There is so much more! Helen was born in 1880 in Alabama a very healthy little girl who even started...


Nellie Bly: Mental Health Crusader and Investigative Journalist

There are some people who cannot abide cruelty or injustice in the world and will do literally anything to mange things right. At a time when women were struggling for basic rights Nellie Bly took her power which was her writing and journalism to take on institutions that housed those who were not mentally well. “That such an institution could be mismanaged, and that cruelties could exist ‘neath its roof, I did not deem possible. I always had a desire to know asylum life more thoroughly–a...


Annie Oakley: The History of The Circus

Welcome to this weeks I Can't Believe that Happened your history podcast for kids or curious grownups so I thought that we would start today with the more unusual circus act and unusual is just because it wasn't traditionally what you would think of when you're thinking of a circus act there were no elephants but that that doesn't make this woman any less impressive her name was Annie Oakley and she was born in 1860 and things did not start out easy for her. Annie was born in Ohio and her...


Clyde Beatty The Amazing Animal Trainer: History of The Circus A History Podcast For Kids and Curious Grown Ups

Podcast for kids Perfect for Homeschool learn all about the history of the circus and one of the most famous lion tamers in history, Clyde Beatty Clyde Beatty was born in 1903 in Bainbridge Ohio. He was so inspired after seeing his first circus he decided to start his own when he was 9 using his own pets as acts and neighbors as an audience. When Clyde was 17 he decided to move on from his backyard to a real circus. He began his animal training career with four polar bears. In his 20 is he...


The History of Carousels A For Kids Podcast

Hello everyone and welcome to this week's I Can't Believe That Happened. Last week we wrapped up the history of dogs segment and if you haven't listened please go to Itunes and take a listen especially about the WWI pit bull hero Sgt. Stubby who saved his unit. I am sure I will do another segment on dogs. Please leave comments if you have a topic you would like me to cover. This month I have been really starting to feel like Summer is here and when I think about Summer I think carnivals and...


5 Things You Didn't Know About Royal Dogs {For Kids Podcast}

Royal Dogs Dogs have long been popular in Royal households even when they were not hunters or protector dogs have had a special place in royal homes. Here are the top 5 things you didn't know about Royal Dogs from history.' I. In 1715 the Duchess d' Orleans reported to a friend that her grandson the Duc de Charles was placed in a miniature triumphal car pulled by a large cat. A pigeon was a coachman and a favorite dog named Adrienne was seated with another dog named Picart...


SGT Stubby The Ultimate Good Boy {For Kids Podcast}

Sgt Stubby (Now a movie: Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero) 1917 Private J. Robert Conroy found a brindle pup with a stubby tail which becomes the dog's name. Stubby started his military career as the mascot for the 102nd Infantry 26 the Yankee Division. Stubby was a quick study learning bugle calls, drills, and even found his own way to salute putting his right paw on his right eyebrow. Even though animals were not allowed Private Conroy hid Stubby when they went to France on the SS....


History Of Pugs A Snot Snorts Snores And Snuggles

Hello everyone and thank you so much for tuning in to this week I Can't Believe That Happened a podcast about history for kids. Today we are talking all about the crazy history of pugs from the Chinese Empire To Queen Victoria. Pugs originated in China, dating back to the Han dynasty (B.C. 206 to A.D. 200). Some historians believe they are related to the Tibetan Mastiff. If you squint you can almost see it. These fuzzy friendly loaf of bread shaped pups were prized by the Emperors of China...