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The famed Battle of the Alamo was toward the end of the Texas Revolution — a sort of pivot just before the last battle. But at the revolution’s beginning, the siege of Béxar played out in almost the opposite way.

The famed Battle of the Alamo was toward the end of the Texas Revolution — a sort of pivot just before the last battle. But at the revolution’s beginning, the siege of Béxar played out in almost the opposite way.

Accounts of teleportation, alchemy and even immortality swirl around the legend of Count of Saint-Germain. Was he a spy? A concealed royal? A skilled con man? Or just a compulsive liar?

Accounts of teleportation, alchemy and even immortality swirl around the legend of Count of Saint-Germain. Was he a spy? A concealed royal? A skilled con man? Or just a compulsive liar?

Did you know that today is Johnny Appleseed Day? Learn about the man and the legend that go well beyond his fruitful name.

The image of Johnny Appleseed walking around in rags, barefooted with a bindle, planting apple trees and moving on is actually pretty accurate. Join Holly and Tracy to learn how John Chapman struck out for the frontier and became an American legend.

Hessian Soldiers  A great place to find those cool history tidbits and extra background for your class is the Stuff You Missed in History podcast. Sponsored by the How Stuff Works network, SYMHC is hosted by Tracy Wilson and Holly Frey – longtime How Stuff Works staffers who are closet history nerds. Every few days they post a 20-30 minute podcast about some incredibly interesting but almost always little-known historical event, fact, or person.

If you've only seen the Hessians referenced in movies or TV, you probably don't have a clear picture of who these very capable soldiers actually were. Hessian troops were skilled, disciplined armies for hire, and a huge economic boon for their homeland.

Why border lines drawn with a ruler in WW1 still rock the Middle East | BBC News - A map marked with crude chinagraph-pencil in the second decade of the 20th Century shows the ambition - and folly - of the 100-year old British-French plan that helped create the modern-day Middle East.

Why border lines drawn with a ruler in WW1 still rock the Middle East

The original secret Sykes-Picot map of "A" would go to France, "B" to Britain - geopolitics and history of the Middle-East

It was half performance for the British troops, and half actual sham, and it led to an attack on Dover by the Pennacook tribe in 1689.

It was half performance for the British troops, and half actual sham, and it led to an attack on Dover by the Pennacook tribe in

In a blizzard so sudden and severe hit the American Midwest and claimed the lives of hundreds, some of whom died just outside the safety of shelter. Weather prediction of the fast-moving storm simply didn& reach people in time to prepare them.

Sophia Duleep Singh, Part 1: Princess in Exile

February The submission of the young Maharaja Duleep Singh to Sir Henry Hardinge, at the end of the Sikh War. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

A great place to find those cool history tidbits and extra background for your class is the Stuff You Missed in History podcast. Sponsored by the How Stuff Works network, SYMHC is hosted by Tracy Wilson and Holly Frey – longtime How Stuff Works staffers who are closet history nerds. Every few days they post a 20-30 minute podcast about some incredibly interesting but almost always little-known historical event, fact, or person.

The name ""Boston Massacre"" sounds as though it was the slaughter of a bunch of innocents in colonial Boston. The reality is much smaller – and not nearly so one-sided. But there’s a reason why we call it a massacre. And that reason is propaganda.

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