Tag Archives: Africa

February 18, 1979

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1979 snow fell in the Sahara. The snowstorm took place in Southern Algeria and lasted for only 30 minutes. The was the first time in recorded history that snow had fallen in the Sahara. … Continue reading

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January 1, 1808

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1808 the United States stopped the importation of slaves from Africa, after discovering it was now cheaper to grow their own. The pros to growing your own slaves in the America was that they … Continue reading

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December 7, 1925

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1925, Swimmer Johnny Weissmuller set a world record in the 150-yard freestyle with a time of 1 minute, 25 and 2/5 seconds. One of the sports announcers broadcasting the event remarked that he might … Continue reading

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December 4, 1977

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1977, Jean-Bedel Bokassa crowned himself ruler of the Central African Empire in a ceremony that was believed to cost more than $20 million dollars ($100 million in today’s dollars). Before he became emperor of … Continue reading

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August 11, 1997

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1997 the West African country of Benin legalized January 10th as a national voodoo holiday. The bokors and their undead minions crowded the streets of Porto-Novo in celebration. People worldwide now enjoy January 10th … Continue reading

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October 17, 1888

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1888 the first issue of “National Geographic Magazine” was released at newsstands. While the pictures of animals and important geographic phenomena were deemed interesting by the general public, it wasn’t until the sixth issue … Continue reading

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August 27, 1971

On THIS DATE IN TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1971 an attempted coup failed in the African nation of Chad. Chad blamed Egypt and Libya for attempting to convince Syria and Sudan that Chad had been going out with Kuwait, when nothing could … Continue reading

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August 5, 1972

On THIS DATE IN HISTORY in 1972, Ugandan President Idi Amin expelled all 80,000 Asians from his country, with the vast majority being Indians. The politically correct reason given was that Idi Amin wanted to confiscate their property and businesses … Continue reading

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