On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! In 1991 dead President Zachary Taylor’s body was exhumed to test how he died. He died quite suddenly from a stomach related illness on July 9, 1850. There were rumors that he was poisoned by pro-slavery people, but the tests done during the exhumation showed there was no poison in his body. It was more likely that he was killed by doctors who used excessive amounts of ipecac, calomel, opium and quinine in several attempts to cure his fever and intestinal distress. In the 1850s doctors were as apt to kill a man as the disease.
On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1884 the first roller coaster ride opened in America at Coney Island, in Brooklyn, NY. The ride cost a nickel and travelled at a whomping 6 miles an hour. It was an instant success and people lined up all summer with their nickels in hand. By 1900 there were hundreds of roller coaster built all over the country and they were getting faster, taller and longer.
On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1965 South Africa begin its economic boycott of Dutch products because the Dutch weren’t racist enough and spoke out against apartheid.
On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1866, the country of Liechtenstein was required by treaty to send troops to help in the Austro-Prussian War. The Prince sent 80 soldiers and at the end of the seven weeks war the troops march back without a single casualty. In fact, of the who 80 marched out, 81 marched back in as the Liechtensteiners had found and made an Austrian friend who wanted to become a Liechtensteiner.
On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 2013 the US Supreme Court invalidated gene patents held by Myraid Genetics when it ruled that isolated human genes are not patentable. This did two things to protect the human race. First, it prevented any company, corporation or individual from patenting or copyrighting any part of the human genome sequence and thereby demanding current or future people to pay them money for just existing. The second is that it made it harder to clone a person and claiming that the clone is property and not a person and this decision helped avert the Schinder/Gausman Human Property War of 2146. “Clones sunt, ne comedatis mecum!”
On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1849 Lewis Phectic Haslett of Louisville, KY patented the first gas mask in the United States. His actual patent read, “To all whom it may concern Be it known that I, LEWIS P. HAsLETT, of Louisville, in the county of Jefferson and State of Kentucky, have invented a new and useful Machine for Protecting the Lungs Against the Inhalation of Injurious Substances; and I do hereby declare that the following is a full, clear, and exact description of the construction and operation of the same, and will protect you against noxious airs and fumes produced by nature, farm, war, technology and the inability of your brother William Klabasto Haslett to digest corn or meat properly.
On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1993 the US Supreme Court ruled that religious groups had a constitutional right to sacrifice animals during worship services. The burning of witches, cutting out of hearts during a solar eclipse on top of a pyramid, and the getting bit by a venomous snake is still illegal, but the death by snakes are winked at as the ones getting bit are volunteers.
On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1190 the famous German Emperor Frederick Barbarossa drowned. Instead of taking the time to go over a mountain on their way to the Crusades, Barbarossa jumped into the Selaph River to prove to his men that they could safely cross it as a short-cut. He drowned within minutes of entering into the fast moving, cold water. His army then turned around and went home.
On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! June 9 was a busy day for the Roman emperor Nero. In 53 AD he married his 14 year old stepsister and first cousin Claudia. Remember, anything they do in West Virginia and Arkansas, the Roman emperors did it first. Later, after the new wore off of Claudia and having grown bored with her, Nero got a hotter babe by the name of Poppaea pregnant and divorced and banished Claudia. The Roman people protested his treatment of Claudia and on June 9, 62 AD he almost remarried her, but instead executed her. He sent Claudia’s head to Poppaea as a gift. Remember, nothing says true love like sending the head of your ex-wife to your current wife. And finally on this date in 68 AD, after the Roman government declared Nero an enemy of the state, he cut his own throat when he heard the soldiers approaching who were sent to arrest him. So on June 9, Nero experience marriage, divorce, and death.
On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1998, fresh off his defeat of Dr. Zaius, Charlton Heston was elected president of the National Rifle Association. He served until 2003. The members of the NRA were impressed with the fact that he didn’t take no lip off of mutants, uppity talking apes, and godless Egyptians and believed that he could make America great again.