Category Archives: 1701-1800 CE

Historical Facts from the 18th century.

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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April 15, 1738

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1738 the first true bottle opener was used and April 15th, 1738 has been named as its invention day. This is useful as prior to the bottle opener to get at the alcohol goodness … Continue reading

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March 8, 1775

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1775 Joseph Priestley discovered that mice needed oxygen to live. When asked why he used mice for his experimentation, Priestly said that they were easy to capture, could be stored in small cages, and … Continue reading

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February 8, 1725

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1725 Peter the Great, the Tsar of Russia died. He was best known for modernizing Russia, by force at times, to try and make it as powerful as the other Western European nations. He … Continue reading

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July 3, 1790

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1790 in Paris, France the Marquis of Condorcet proposed granting civil rights to women. The Marquis, Marie Jean Antoine Nicolas de Caritat (just call me Nick or Nicolas) was the French Benjamin Franklin of … Continue reading

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March 2, 1789

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1789, Pennsylvania ended the prohibition of theatrical performances. Prior to this date, it was illegal to put on any kind of play (including that sinful wag Shakespeare) in Pennsylvania as the good Christians in … Continue reading

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March 1, 1784

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1784, E. Kidner opened the first cooking school in Great Britain. He didn’t try and teach how to make the traditional Steak and Kidney pie, the blood puddings, bangers and mash, bubble and squeak, … Continue reading

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