Category Archives: 1701-1800 CE

Historical Facts from the 18th century.

January 26, 1784

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1784, in a letter to his daughter, Sarah Franklin Bache, Benjamin Franklin expressed his unhappiness over the Bald Eagle being chosen as the symbol of America. He wanted the American Wild Turkey to be … Continue reading

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December 5, 1766

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1766, James Christie, the founder of the famous Christie auctioneers, held his first sale in London, England. It went a little something like this: “Who’ll give me a ten pounds? Ten pounds bid, now … Continue reading

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November 28, 1720

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1720, notorious pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read were tried and found guilty of being pirates and sentenced to death in Spanish Town Jamaica. But when it was discovered that they were both pregnant, … Continue reading

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November 27, 1701

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1701, Anders Celsius was born in Uppsala, Sweden. He turned out to be an inquisitive young man interested in scientific pursuits and built the Uppsala Astronomical Observatory in 1740, the oldest observatory in Sweden. … Continue reading

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September 17, 1796

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1796, the first U.S. President George Washington’s Farewell Address was read before the U.S. Congress. Contrary to popular belief, the first rough draft did not include the phrase “and you won’t have old Georgie … Continue reading

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August 4, 1753 and 1930

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1753 George Washington became a Master Mason. Also on this date in 1930, Author Zane Grey earned the title of Master Baiter as he used a threadfin herring to hook and land a 1,040 … Continue reading

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August 3, 1750

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1750, Christopher Dock completed the very first book of teaching methods. It was titled “A Simple and Thoroughly Prepared School Management.” In it, Mr. Dock explained how repetition, bible study, prayer, public shaming, paying … Continue reading

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July 31, 1703

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1703 English author Daniel Defoe was forced to stand in the pillory for offending the government and church for writing and publishing his satire “The Shortest Way With Dissenters”. Apparently the British government and … Continue reading

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July 26th, 1775

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1775 a postal system was established by the 2nd Continental Congress of the United States and Benjamin Franklin was named the first Postmaster General. Eleven days later Edward Charles Teach of Philadelphia claimed his … Continue reading

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June 15, 1752

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1752 Benjamin Franklin experimented with flying a kite during a thunderstorm. The result was a little spark that proved the relationship between lightning and electricity. He also found that drinking large quantities of red … Continue reading

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