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In the summer of 1518, a woman in Strasbourg, France started dancing -- and didn't stop. By the end of the week, the compulsion to dance had spread to hundreds of people. Learn more about the dancing sickness in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, one of the few bars that welcomed gay patrons. Learn how this raid triggered the first major gay rights protest in U.S. history in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, was also known as the Empress of Fashion. Married at the age of 16, the Duchess soon became enormously popular and led a life of excess. Learn what happened next in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

Legends surround the history of the Borley Rectory, which is known as the most haunted house in England. Tune in to learn more about the ghosts reputed to haunt the Rectory in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

In 1937, famous aviator Amelia Earhart attempted to circumnavigate the globe via airplane. However, she disappeared over the Pacific and was never seen again. Listen in to learn more about the mystery in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

In 1901, two women visiting Versailles lost their way and met a series of strange, anachronistic characters. Looking back on the event, the women became certain they had slipped through time into 1789. Learn more in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

In Jewish folklore, golems are powerful creatures created from clay. According to legend, a golem was created to defend the Jewish population of Prague during the reign of Rudolph II. Learn more about golems in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

When a psychic told Sarah Winchester that the spirits of every person who died from a Winchester rifle would haunt her unless they were appeased, she built one of the world's strangest houses. Learn more with this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

With help from listeners, our resident history buffs take a look at the world's great innovators and try to pick the best of the bunch. Listen in to learn more about three of the best innovators in history with this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

Although America's robber barons are often viewed in negative terms, they left a philanthropic legacy that continues today. Learn more about philanthropy and charity -- as well as the difference between the two -- in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.