Workers at a West Virginia coal mine in 1908. © CORBIS Missed In History: The Battle of Blair Mountain

While West Virginia has lots of industries other than coal, mining has been such a central part of the state’s history that sometimes it seems like the two are nearly synonymous. Today’s story was a pivotal moment in West Virginia’s

"The Arrival of the French Girls at Quebec, 1667." C.W. Jefferys. Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1990-568-1 Missed In History: Les Filles du Roi

In the 1600s, France had a problem. Both it and England were trying to build colonies in the Americas, and from population standpoint, England was way ahead, with its number of colonists in the low six figures. France, on the

Body snatchers. © Bettmann/CORBIS Missed In History: The Doctors’ Riot of 1788

  Sawbones is a show about medical history. It’s for fun. Sometimes it’s also for giving me ideas for podcast subjects, which is what happened with today’s episode. After listening to the Sawbones episode Corpse Theft and the Resurrection Men

Located in the Louvre. © Corbis Missed In History: Makeup

Today’s episode is a brief history of makeup, beginning more than 10,000 years ago in and ending with the launch of some of the most famous names in the modern cosmetics industry. One running theme: suffering for beauty in a

Getty Images/Hulton Archive Missed In History: The Angel of Mons

We’re rapidly approaching the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, and right on its heels is the centennial of the Battle of Mons. One of the Battles of the Frontier, the Battle of Mons saw Great Britain

© Bettmann/CORBIS Missed In History: Suleiman

Even if you’ve never studied the Ottoman Empire, this name may ring a bell: He was part of Katie and Sarah’s episode “The Cinderella of the Harem.” Suleiman (also spelled Suleyman) was a 16th-century Ottoman sultan who, in the course

A London bus conductor is forced to walk ahead of his vehicle to guide it through the smog, 9th December 1952. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Missed In History: The Great London Smog

London is famous for a being a very foggy place, and for generations, that fog was also exceptionally dirty. So when a particularly dense pea-soup smog descended in December of 1952, nobody realized anything unusual was going on at first.

Caroline Herschel and her brother William at the telescope. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images) Missed In History: Caroline Herschel

Caroline Herschel was born in 1750, and she became the first woman in Great Britain to be paid as a professional scientist. But her family had much humbler ideas for her when she was young: Because an illness had stunted

A fight in the forest during the Yaa Asantewaa War of Independence The Ashanti War of 1900: A Fight in the Forest. (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images) Missed In History: Yaa Asantewaa

Not long ago, we talked about the Treaty of Waitangi, which founded New Zealand as a nation and, in many ways, was a big step forward in relationships between indigenous peoples and the British government. It wasn’t perfect, and (as

Poitiers-SN-660x357 Missed In History: The Battle of Poitiers

On Sept. 19, 1356, one of the decisive battles of the Hundred Years War took place in France. It was the first major battle after almost a decade of relative quiet, and it stacked a small English army against a

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