Tulsa-Race-Riot-600x350 The Tulsa Race Riot and Black Wall Street

“Black Wall Street” was a nickname for Greenwood, a vibrant suburb of Tulsa, Oklahoma, which was destroyed in a race riot in 1921. And while Greenwood’s destruction was definitely the product of racial tensions, the event was much more one-sided.

B-lair-Mountain-600x350 Battle of Blair Mountain

In 1921, coal miners fed up with unfair labor practices and exploitation took up arms against their employers. The resulting conflict lasted five days and has been called the biggest armed uprising on U.S. soil since the Civil War.

L'arrivée des Filles du Roi, Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, Acc. no. 1996-371-1 Les Filles du Roi

While the building of a population in a new colony seems like a tricky endeavor, France’s King Louis XIV launched a scheme to do just that by shipping eligible ladies to New France in the 1600s. Read the show notes here.

Doctors-Riot-600x350 The Doctors’ Riot of 1788

In the late 1700s, medical colleges needed cadavers for educational dissection, but there were no legal means for obtaining them. This led to some unorthodox dealings in the acquiring of bodies, and brought New York to a fever pitch in 1788. Read the show notes here.

Cosmetics-600x350 Cosmetics From Ancient Egypt to the Modern World

Makeup has a rich and lengthy history that spans the globe and crosses cultures. From 10,000 B.C.E. to the 20th century, people have been using cosmetics to enhance their looks -- sometimes with unintended side effects.

Angel-of-Mons-600x350 The Battle of Mons and the Angels That Followed

The Battle of Mons was one of the earliest battles of World War I. In the months after the battle, stories spread that a supernatural presence had covered the British army, preventing it from being destroyed. Read the show notes here.

Suleiman-600x350 Suleiman the Magnificent and the Siege of Vienna

The Ottoman Empire’s Suleiman the Magnificent was a head of state, a poet, a reformer of the military and a goldsmith. His reign had a significant impact on the law, literature and art of the Ottoman Empire.

Heavy smog in Piccadilly Circus, London, 6th December 1952. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) The Great London Smog

London is no stranger to smog, which is why when the Great London Smog descended in December of 1952, nobody quite realized anything unusual was going on. At its largest, it extended 30 kilometers around London, and it killed thousands of people. Read the show notes here.

UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 27: Engraving showing the astronomer Caroline Herschel (1750-1848) in 1841 at the age of 92. Caroline was the younger sister of the famous astronomer Sir William Herschel (1738-1822). She was a devoted observing assistant to William during his life, but was also an accomplished observer in her own right. Her first accomplishment was the discovery of three new nebulae in 1783, one of them being the companion of the Andromeda nebula. Between 1786 and 1797 Caroline discovered no less than eight new comets. She was awarded a gold medal by the Prussian Academy of Science on her 96th birthday. She was also jointly the first woman to be made a member of the Royal Astronomical Society. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images) Caroline Herschel: Astronomy’s Cinderella

Herschel managed to break the barrier of women in scientific fields far earlier than you might suspect, in part because of her association with her brother, and in equal measure due to her steadfast dedication to her work. Read the show notes here.

Yaa-Asantewa-600x350 The Yaa Asantewaa War of Independence

The Asante-British war of 1900 capped about 100 years of war between Great Britain and the Asante Empire, which occupied part of what is now Ghana.

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