Monthly Archives: April 2019

April 20, 1818

On April 20, 1818, in England, the last trial by combat was claimed. In trial by combat, the defendant and the accuser face each other in a 60 foot square, after taking oaths against using witchcraft and sorcery. If the … Continue reading

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April 19, 1861

On April 19, 1861 Professor Thaddeus S.C. Lowe completed a test flight of a hot air balloon that he was going to try and use to make a transatlantic attempt. He sailed 900 miles in nine hours from Cincinnati, Ohio … Continue reading

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April 18, 1924

On April 18, 1924, Simon and Schuster, Inc., published the first “Crossword Puzzle Book” and ecru, soho, erato, alee, and stye became better known words by the general American public. Although a six letter word for ‘strips in geography class’ … Continue reading

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April 17, 1810

On April 17, 1810, Lewis M. Norton of West Goshen, Pennsylvania patented Pineapple Cheese. Oh MY GOD, was that a real thing? Someone actually made cheese from pineapples. Didn’t anyone tell this man no, just no, don’t do it, Lewis? … Continue reading

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April 16, 1705

On April 16, 1705, Queen Anne of England knighted Isaac Newton for his contributions to math and science that brought prestige and acclaim to the British Empire. The now “Sir” Isaac Newton showed nerds worldwide that hot chicks could also … Continue reading

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April 15, 1878

On April 15, 1878, Harley Proctor introduced Ivory Soap to the American consumer. Foul-mouthed children throughout the United States considered the commercially made soap a decided improvement over the homemade variety. The overall consensus was that Ivory Soap had a … Continue reading

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April 14, 1984

On April 14, 1984, the Texas Board of Education began requiring that the state’s public school textbooks specifically describe the evolution of human beings as “theory rather than fact” without explaining the difference between a scientific theory, general opinion, and … Continue reading

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April 13, 1204

On April 13, 1204 the 4th Crusade went on Spring Break and sacked the fabulously wealthy Mediterranean coast city of Constantinople. Pope Innocent III had called the 4th Crusade to go and capture Jerusalem from the infidel Muslims and the … Continue reading

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April 12, 1955

On April 12, 1955 the University of Michigan Polio Vaccine Evaluation Center announced that the polio vaccine of Dr. Jonas Salk was “safe, effective, and potent.” Parents all over the United States demanded that the vaccine be administered to their … Continue reading

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April 11, 1985

On April 11, 1985, at the Mount Haleakala Observatory of the University of Hawaii, scientist of the non-mad variety measured the distance between the earth and the moon to within one inch. They did use powerful lasers, which weren’t attached … Continue reading

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