Category Archives: 18th Century

Historical Facts from 1701 to 1800 CE

March 13, 1781

On March 13, 1781, English astronomer, William Herschel, ran to his sister, Caroline Herschel, who was also an astronomer, and excitedly told her that he had just discovered Uranus. He babbled on how it was so big and gassy, it … Continue reading

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March 2, 1789

On March 2, 1789, Pennsylvania ended its ban on theatrical performances, along with other forms of expensive entertainment. It appears that the Quakers of Pennsylvania were as tight-assed and unloving of fun as the Puritans of Massachusetts were. In 1774 … Continue reading

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February 17, 1795

On February 17, 1795, amateur gardener and marrier of ugly women, Thomas Seddal harvested an 18 lb 5 oz potato from his garden in Chester, England. When people would come and look at it, they’d almost always claim that it … Continue reading

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February 12, 1733

On February 12, 1733, James Oglethorpe and his colonists on his ship, the ‘Anne’ landed and settled near the present site of Savannah, Georgia, and started the British Colony of Georgia, which was named after the English King who gave … Continue reading

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January 27, 1785

On January 27, 1785, the first American state university was chartered in Athens, Georgia. However, it wasn’t until January 30, 1892 that the school became a real and recognized center of learning. UGA did have many distinguished alumni in the … Continue reading

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January 9, 1793

On January 9, 1793, Frenchman, Jean Pierre Blanchard made the first balloon flight in North America. Aeronaut Blanchard lifted off from the Walnut Street Prison in Philadephia, setting the stage for future prison breaks in books and movies, and floated … Continue reading

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May 15, 1718

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1718 the first machine gun was patented by James Puckle and he named it the Puckle Gun. The prototype was tested and it was able to fire 63 rounds in seven minutes at a … Continue reading

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May 8, 1794

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1794 Frenchman Antoine Lavoisier was executed by guillotine for the crime of adulterating the nation’s tobacco with water along with other crimes. Lavoisier is the chemist who discovered oxygen. Many people say that the … Continue reading

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May 7, 1789

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in1789 the first U.S. Presidential Inaugural Ball was held in New York City and most considered it a rousing success, except for when Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson started drinking and singing. Martha Washington screamed … Continue reading

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April 25, 1792

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1792 the guillotine was first used. A few years before the French Revolution, highwayman Nicolas Pelletier, was the first person executed with the now famous method of beheading. Eyewitness accounts reported that the crowded … Continue reading

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