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Month: October 2017

Jack O’Lanterns

Jack O’Lanterns

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! https://media.blubrry.com/theuntoldhistory/p/dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/theuntoldhistory.podbean.com/mf/web/iaugi8/The_Untold_History_podcast_episode_9_Halloween.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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

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

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 –…

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Russ Columbo

Russ Columbo

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…

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The Oldest Known Audio Recording

The Oldest Known Audio Recording

What’s the oldest known recording? If you said “Thomas Edison reciting ‘Mary Had A Little Lamb,’” then you are wrong. This is the oldest known recording of the human voice, and it happens to be of someone singing the French song “Claire de la Lune.” This recording predates Edison by almost 20 years, having been done in 1860. It’s an example of a phonautogram, which was a type of recording of audio by visual means. In other words, sound was…

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Isadore Greenbaum And The American Nazis

Isadore Greenbaum And The American Nazis

Everyone has seen how Nazis attacked Jews in Germany in the 1930’s, prior to World War II. But did you know that also happened in America? The German-American Bund was a group that organized Nazi rallies in the United States in the days leading up to the second World War. One of these rallies was held at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 1939, complete with swastikas, American flags and a huge portrait of George Washington, who was lovingly referred…

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Chester A. Arthur’s Ghostly Visitor

Chester A. Arthur’s Ghostly Visitor

Halloween is fast approaching, meaning that it’s the time of year for ghost hunting. And we’ve found one…in the White House. No, President Trump hasn’t been haunted yet. I’m talking about President Chester A. Arthur, the occupant of the White House in 1883. According to news reports from that time, an attache of the Presidential mansion admitted “yes, this building is haunted.” He went on to report that the President moved his bedroom from the East Room to the North…

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Wilhelm Voigt

Wilhelm Voigt

What do you think would have been the best way to quickly get your hands on some cash in Germany in 1906? If you guessed getting a troop of soldiers to steal if for you, then you guessed correctly. Wilhelm Voigt was a 57 year old shoemaker in Germany at the time. Shoemaker was probably the only legitimate profession he had, because he had a long criminal record as well. And on October 17, 1906 he came up with a…

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The Man Who Changed The World

The Man Who Changed The World

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…

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Malinda Blalock

Malinda Blalock

There have been several instances of women disguising themselves as men in order to go fight in one war or another. As far as is known, though, there is only one woman who fought for both the North and the South in the Civil War. Malinda Pritchard was born in Alexander County, North Carolina in the early 1800’s. She met and married a man ten years her senior, Keith Blalock, and moved to the area around Grandfather Mountain just before…

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These Hallowed Halls Of Congress

These Hallowed Halls Of Congress

Think Congress is bad now? You should have been around when the country first began! On January 30, 1798, Vermont representative Matthew Lyon was charged by the House of Representatives with “disorderly behavior” for spitting tobacco juice on Connecticut representative Roger Griswold; this was followed a week later with a charge of “gross indecency of language in his defense before this House,” when he cussed out said representative as he defended himself on the first charge. In return, on February…

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