Author Archives: Joel Byers

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.

June 17, 1991

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! In 1991 dead President Zachary Taylor’s body was exhumed to test how he died. He died quite suddenly from a stomach related illness on July 9, 1850. There were rumors that he was poisoned by … Continue reading

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June 16, 1884

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1884 the first roller coaster ride opened in America at Coney Island, in Brooklyn, NY. The ride cost a nickel and travelled at a whomping 6 miles an hour. It was an instant success … Continue reading

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June 15, 1965

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1965 South Africa begin its economic boycott of Dutch products because the Dutch weren’t racist enough and spoke out against apartheid.

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June 14, 1866

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1866, the country of Liechtenstein was required by treaty to send troops to help in the Austro-Prussian War. The Prince sent 80 soldiers and at the end of the seven weeks war the troops … Continue reading

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June 13, 2013

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 2013 the US Supreme Court invalidated gene patents held by Myraid Genetics when it ruled that isolated human genes are not patentable. This did two things to protect the human race. First, it prevented … Continue reading

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June 12, 1849

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1849 Lewis Phectic Haslett of Louisville, KY patented the first gas mask in the United States. His actual patent read, “To all whom it may concern Be it known that I, LEWIS P. HAsLETT, … Continue reading

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June 11, 1993

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1993 the US Supreme Court ruled that religious groups had a constitutional right to sacrifice animals during worship services. The burning of witches, cutting out of hearts during a solar eclipse on top of … Continue reading

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June 10, 1190

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1190 the famous German Emperor Frederick Barbarossa drowned. Instead of taking the time to go over a mountain on their way to the Crusades, Barbarossa jumped into the Selaph River to prove to his … Continue reading

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June 9, 53 AD, June 9, 62 AD, June 9, 68 AD

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! June 9 was a busy day for the Roman emperor Nero. In 53 AD he married his 14 year old stepsister and first cousin Claudia. Remember, anything they do in West Virginia and Arkansas, the … Continue reading

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June 8, 1998

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1998, fresh off his defeat of Dr. Zaius, Charlton Heston was elected president of the National Rifle Association. He served until 2003. The members of the NRA were impressed with the fact that he … Continue reading

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