Category Archives: 1501-1600 CE

Historical Facts from the 16th century.

June 3, 1539

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1539 Hernando De Soto claimed Florida for Spain by landing near Tampa Bay, finding a convenient palm tree, peeing on the trunk and yelling dibs. It was a good time to be an explorer. … Continue reading

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March 9, 1562

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1562 an anti-obscenity law was passed in Naples that also banned public kissing. The law was rescinded the next day.

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August 21, 1560

On this date in Twisted-History.com in 1560, 14 year old Tycho Brahe of Denmark received his first telescope and became interested in astronomy. Tycho Brahe was known during his lifetime as an astronomer and alchemist and for his exact, accurate … Continue reading

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March 31, 1596

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1596, Rene Descartes was born. A couple of days later, his father Joachim Descartes was heard to say to his wife, Jeanne Brochard, “The child does stink, therefore change his diaper,” Jeanne Brochard later … Continue reading

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February 18, 1564

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1564 the artist formerly known as Michelangelo died in Rome.

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October 15, 1520

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1520, King Henry VIII of England signed the orders to have bowling lanes installed at his Whitehall residence. This was back when Henry was still a young man, tall and very athletic. In fact, … Continue reading

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September 21, 1576

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1576, Gerolamo Cardano, an Italian Renaissance mathematician, philosopher, doctor, gambler and astrologer died. He was famous and infamous throughout Europe of that time and was paid handsomely for his astrological forecasts. He even predicted … Continue reading

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September 8, 1504

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1504, Michelangelo’s 13-foot marble statue of David was unveiled in Florence, Italy. All the men in attendance quietly remarked on how large David’s hands were and also how small his penis was. The women … Continue reading

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July 1, 1543

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1543 England and Scotland signed the peace of Greenwich, which is not to be confused with the creation of the Sandwich, which happened in 1743. All hail Lord John Montagu, the 4th Earl of … Continue reading

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June 7, 1557

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1557, England declared war on France. France sighed and said, “Again? Declare and win one war in 1066 and the English never let you forget it.”

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