Category Archives: 20th Century

Historical Facts from 1901 to 2000 CE

January 17, 1984

On January 17, 1984, the US Supreme Court ruled (5-4) that private use of home VCRs to tape TV programs for later viewing did not violate federal copyright laws, thereby preventing every current and future American from becoming a felon. … Continue reading

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January 16, 1945

On January 16, 1945, Adolf Hitler and his posse move into his underground bunker, called the Fuhrerbunker, over his protests. He wanted to move into his Fuhrerbaumhaus and institute a no girls policy. His wife, Eva Braun protested and put … Continue reading

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January 15, 1899

On January 15, 1899, Edwin Markham’s seminal poem. “The Man With a Hoe” was published for the first time in the San Francisco Examiner. The poem was inspired by Jean-Francois Millet’s painting “L’homme a la houe”, which depicted a weary, … Continue reading

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January 14, 1911

On January 14, 1911, Roald Amundsen’s polar expedition landed upon the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica. Amundsen was a Norwegian explorer of polar regions and was the leader of the first team to reach the South Pole in December 1911. … Continue reading

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January 12, 1998

On January 12, 1998, nineteen nations decided to ban the cloning of humans. The Council of Europe issued an amendment to its ‘Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine”, where it and its member nations prohibit any intervention seeking to create … Continue reading

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January 11, 1964

On January 11, 1964, US Surgeon General Luther Terry issued the first government report that smoking may be hazardous to a smokers’ health. One out of ten doctors disagreed. That doctor, Matt Montgomery Wilder, MD Esq, said that not only … Continue reading

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January 10, 1946

On January 10, 1946, Project Diana was successfully completed. The United States Army Signal Corps bounced radio waves off the Moon and received the reflected signals, thereby proving that the Moon was real and probably not made of brie, green … Continue reading

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January 7, 1985

On January 7, 1985, Japan launched its first interplanetary spacecraft, named the Sakigake. This was the first deep space probe launched by a nation not named the United States or the USSR. To the disappointment of future anime fans, the … Continue reading

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June 27, 1978

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1978 the US launched Seasat, an experimental ocean surveillance satellite. Each day Seasat makes 14 orbits of Earth and in 36 hours is able to monitor nearly 96% of the oceanic surface. The satellite’s … Continue reading

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June 26, 1992

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1992 the Supreme Court ruled that fund soliciting can be banned at airports. Religious organizations such as the Hari Krishnas and organized crime rings like the Girls Scouts protested this decision as the Krishnas … Continue reading

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