Monthly Archives: February 2015

February 28, 1692

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1692 the first official Salem witch hunt began. Hunters were not limited to sex or age limits of their prey, but it was considered bad form to accuse and then execute anyone under the … Continue reading

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February 27, 1997

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1997, divorce became legal in Ireland and almost overnight SHDS (sudden husband death syndrome) was cured. This medical oddity seemed to happen primarily in Ireland and would occur when a husband would come home … Continue reading

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February 26, 1930

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1930, the first red and green traffic lights were installed in New York City, following the lead of Detroit in 1920. Red-green colorblind drivers were left to guess when to go, as there were … Continue reading

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February 25, 1974

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1974, Veronica and Colin Scargill of England began a tandem bicycle ride that began in New York City and lasted until August 27, 1975 and saw the couple cross the entire world and spanned … Continue reading

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February 24, 1956

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1956 the city of Cleveland invoked a 1931 law that barred people under the age of 18 from dancing in public without an adult guardian. Twenty-five years later in 1981, the same people who … Continue reading

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February 23, 1985

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1985, Bob Knight, the Indiana basketball coach threw a chair during a game being played against Purdue University. In other news on this same date, it was noted that a dog bit a man … Continue reading

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February 22, 1923

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1923, the first successful chinchilla farm opened in Los Angeles, CA. It was the first farm of its kind in the US as the chinchilla had proven hard to transplant from its native Andes … Continue reading

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February 21, 1858

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1858, the first electric burglar alarm was installed in Boston, MA by the innovative firm of Rube, Gold, and Berg, Inc. This new technology was attached to all the windows in the house. When … Continue reading

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February 20, 1872

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1872, Silas Noble and J.P. Cooley patented the toothpick manufacturing machine. Before their patent each toothpick had to be hand carved. Instead of carrying a piece of wood in their pockets, many people would … Continue reading

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February 19, 1986

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1986 the US Senate finally approved a treaty outlawing genocide. The treaty had been submitted 37 years earlier in 1949 for ratification, but it’s believed several of the Senators wanted to be sure that … Continue reading

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