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May 7, 1789

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in1789 the first U.S. Presidential Inaugural Ball was held in New York City and most considered it a rousing success, except for when Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson started drinking and singing. Martha Washington screamed … Continue reading

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July 3, 1790

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1790 in Paris, France the Marquis of Condorcet proposed granting civil rights to women. The Marquis, Marie Jean Antoine Nicolas de Caritat (just call me Nick or Nicolas) was the French Benjamin Franklin of … Continue reading

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April 3, 1933

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1933, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt informed newspaper reporters that 3.2 percent beer would be served at the White House following President Roosevelt’s signing into law the 3.2 beer law that repealed the Volsted Act. … 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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July 26th, 1775

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1775 a postal system was established by the 2nd Continental Congress of the United States and Benjamin Franklin was named the first Postmaster General. Eleven days later Edward Charles Teach of Philadelphia claimed his … Continue reading

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June 15, 1752

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1752 Benjamin Franklin experimented with flying a kite during a thunderstorm. The result was a little spark that proved the relationship between lightning and electricity. He also found that drinking large quantities of red … Continue reading

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June 10, 1776

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1776 the Continental Congress appointed a committee to write a Declaration of Independence. The committee consisted of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston. John Adams, knowing Thomas Jefferson’s … Continue reading

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January 2, 1788

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1788, Georgia became the 4th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Button Gwinnett had heard a rumor that the first six states to ratify the Constitution, their signers would get cake, and cake in … Continue reading

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November 25, 1792

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1792, the Farmer’s Almanac is first published. It instantly became the 2nd most popular book/magazine in an American’s home and the most useful. Its popularity will not be replaced until 1888, when the first … Continue reading

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November 13, 1789

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter to a friend in which he said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes and the ability of a woman to … Continue reading

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