Monthly Archives: May 2014

May 31, 1884

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1884, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg patented “flaked cereal.” It was meant as a cure for onanism, but they found that if you added fruit, sugar, and milk, it became a delicious breakfast. Close Bookmark and … Continue reading

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May 30, 1783

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1783 the first daily newspaper was published in the U.S. by Benjamin Towner called “The Pennsylvania Evening Post”. Within a week, the newspaper had received its first letter from a reader complaining about the … Continue reading

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May 29, 1660

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1660 Charles II was restored to the English throne after the short lived Puritan Commonwealth. The people of England decided that a life of Puritan values as the law of the land was a … Continue reading

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May 28, 1998

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1998 Pakistan matched India with five nuclear test blasts. The U.S., Japan, and other nations imposed economic sanctions. An unrepentant Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced “Today, we have settled the score with India.” … Continue reading

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May 27, 1961

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1961 the first black light was sold and Dr. Timothy Leary was the first person to realize the importance of using black lights and psychedelic drugs to convince Hippie girls and coeds to have … Continue reading

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May 26, 17 AD

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 17 AD, in a bit of historical serendipity, Germanicus of Rome celebrated his victory over the Germans. You’d have thought those early Germans would have noticed his name and forseen the outcome and would … Continue reading

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May 25, 1895

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1895 Oscar Wilde, a playwright, poet and novelist, was convicted of a morals charge and sentenced to prison in London. The Marquess of Queensbury accused him of being a homosexual and Oscar Wilde countersued … Continue reading

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May 24, 1844

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1844 Samuel F.B. Morse formally opened America’s first telegraph line. The first message was sent from Washington, DC, to Baltimore, MD and it read “What hath God wrought?” The return message was, “Message received. … Continue reading

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May 23, 1618

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1618, The Thirty Years War began when three opponents of the Reformation were thrown through a window from the upper floors of the Hradcany Castle in Prague by a mob of Protestants. They fell … Continue reading

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May 22, 1761

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1761 in Philadelphia, the first life insurance policy was issued in the U.S. by the Presbyterian Ministers’ Fund. The second one was also issued that day insuring the life of Minister Isaac Trumbull. Three … Continue reading

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