Monthly Archives: August 2014

August 31, 1998

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1998 a ballistic missile was fired over Japan by North Korea. The missile came apart while it was in flight and landed in stages in the waters around Japan. North Korea claimed there was … Continue reading

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August 30, 1146

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1146, European leaders outlawed the crossbow. The NCA (The National Crossbow Association) quickly came out and protested to King Louie VII, King Stephen, and King Conrad III that if crossbows were outlawed, then only … Continue reading

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August 29, 1957

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1957, Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina set a filibuster record in the U.S. when he spoke for 24 hours and 18 minutes in opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1957. He was … Continue reading

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August 28, 2004

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 2004, George Brunstad, at age 70, became the oldest person to successfully swim the English Channel. The swim from Dover, England, to Sangatte, France, took him 15 hours and 59 minutes. In contrast, the … Continue reading

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August 27, 1998

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1998 “Titanic” became the first movie in North America to earn more than $600 million. In more promising news, young women today under the age of 30 really don’t understand the hysteria that “Titanic” … Continue reading

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August 26, 1973

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1973 the University of Texas (Arlington) became the first accredited school to offer a college course on belly dancing. Not basket weaving, but belly dancing. Bless their hearts.

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August 25, 1835

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1835 the N.Y. Sun published the Moon Hoax story and attributed the discoveries of man-bats, buildings, roads, and canals on the Moon to real astronomer John Herschel. John Herschel was not amused, nor was … Continue reading

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August 24, 1853

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1853 the first convention of the American Pharmaceutical Association was held. Drug companies sponsored several seminars on the use and therapeutic treatments afforded by the new drug morphine. It was stated that since morphine … Continue reading

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August 23, 1990

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1990 East and West Germany announced their upcoming merger ceremony on October 3, 1990. When East Germany submitted its guest list, North Korea and The Soviet Union were noticeably absent. West Germany insisted that … Continue reading

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August 22, 1990

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1990 angry smokers formed a mob and stood around and muttered angrily as they blocked a street in Moscow to protest the summer-long cigarette shortage. Other Moscowvites quickly formed a line behind them and … Continue reading

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