Monthly Archives: January 2015

January 31, 1970

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1970, the members of the Grateful Dead rock band were busted on LSD charges in New Orleans after a show. No one was surprised and the judge who presided over the charges told the … Continue reading

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January 30, 1647

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1647, the Scots sold King Charles I to Parliament for the princely sum of 400,000 English pounds. Charles had lost the English Civil War and had run to the Scots hoping they’d thumb their … Continue reading

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January 29, 1929

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1929 the Seeing Eye Dog Organization formed in Morristown, NJ with the sole purpose of helping blind and sight-impaired people to regain much of their independence with the help of trained dogs. Both dogs … Continue reading

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January 28, 1393

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1393, The “Ball of Burning Men” was a masquerade ball held in Paris, in which the King of France, Charles VI, almost died. It was held by Queen Isabeau to celebrate the third marriage … Continue reading

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January 27, 1888

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1888, the National Geographic Society was founded in Washington, DC to further the discovery of new plants, animals, and cultures of the world. It was NOT founded to allow photographers to talk pictures of … Continue reading

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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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January 25, 1993

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1993, the US Housing Agency announced that 93% of Americans have access to indoor plumbing and on this same date, Sears announced that it would be closing its catalog sales department after running it … Continue reading

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January 24, 1924

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1924, the Russian city of St. Petersburg was renamed to Leningrad. It was changed back to St. Petersburg in 1991 making the following song obsolete. Leningrad was St. Petersburg Now it’s Leningrad, not St. … Continue reading

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January 23, 1989

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1989, artist Salvador Dali died in Spain at the age of 84. It’s believed that his last words were, “I could have painted more naked breasts and melting watches. I could have painted naked … Continue reading

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January 22, 1874

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1874 a patent was issued to Samuel W. Francis for the spork. On this day in 2023, Chim-Chim the Smoking Chimpanzee and his fellow Sporkist, Joel Byers, petitioned Congress to name January 22 as … Continue reading

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