Monthly Archives: October 2013

October 31, 1961

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1961 – In the Soviet Union, the body of Joseph Stalin was removed from Lenin’s Tomb where it had been on public display. Pictures of the remarkably life-like corpse were difficult to obtain, but … Continue reading

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October 30, 1938

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1938 – Orson Welles’ “The War of the Worlds” aired on CBS radio. The belief that the realistic radio dramatization was a live news event about a Martian invasion caused panic among many of … Continue reading

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October 29, 1998

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1998, the oldest known copy of Archimedes’ work sold for $2 million at a New York auction. It was a diagram of a crudely drawn man holding the end of a very long lever … Continue reading

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October 28, 1904

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1904, the St. Louis Police Department became the first one to use fingerprinting. Fingerprinting became an invaluable evidence gathering tool for the solving of cases involving murder, armed robbery, and burglary. Although when the … Continue reading

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October 27, 1927

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1927, the film director and inventor Fred Waller received his patent for water skis. Many years later when he was asked about how he came up with the idea, he mentioned that he was … Continue reading

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October 26, 1949

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1949, US President signed into law the raising of the minimum wage from 40 to 75 cents an hour. Staunch Republicans and business leaders railed and protested against the law and predicted that the … Continue reading

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October 25, 1954

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1954 President Eisenhower conducted the first televised Cabinet meeting. Millions of students throughout the US were forced to watch as TVs were wheeled into the classroom for the first time. The novelty of a … Continue reading

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October 24, 1788

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1788, future poet Sarah Joseph Hale was born. She wrote “Mary Had A Little Lamb.” Her first incarnation titled “Marty Knew A Little Lamb” went something like this; “Marty knew a little lamb, Who smiled … Continue reading

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October 23, 1930

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1930, JK Scott won the very first professional miniature golf tournament. He took $2,000 for first place at the Chattanooga, TN event. When asked if miniature golf was as difficult as regular golf, he … Continue reading

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October 22, 1844

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1844, the followers of Millerism experienced “The Great Disappointment”. William Miller was a rural New York Baptist preacher and student of the Bible who preached and believed that the end of the world was … Continue reading

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