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February 5th, 1952

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1952 the first “Don’t Walk” sign was installed in New York City to help combat the growing number of deaths resulting from pedestrian accidents. One year later after the number of pedestrian deaths dropped … Continue reading

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November 4, 1879

November 4, 2014 On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1879, James Ritty patented the first cash register. He did so to combat the stealing his bartenders were doing in his Dayton, Ohio saloon. The bartenders quickly learned the trick of … Continue reading

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June 19, 1939

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1939 in Atlanta, GA, legislation was enacted that disallowed pinball machines in the city. It was thought that playing pinball would lead to drinking, gambling, prostitution, juvenile delinquency, premature baldness and the writing of … Continue reading

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November 26, 1975

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1975, Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme was found guilty by a federal jury in Sacramento, CA for trying to assassinate US President Gerald Ford on September 5th. While President Ford was relieved that Ms. Fromme was … Continue reading

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November 24, 1971

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1971, Dan “D.B.” Cooper hijacked a Northwest Airlines 727 and escaped by parachuting from the plane with $200,000 in ransom money over a deep woods area of Washington state. Mr. Cooper and the vast … Continue reading

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November 10, 1993

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1993 – John Wayne Bobbitt was acquitted on the charge of marital sexual assault against his wife who had sexually mutilated him. Lorena Bobbitt was also later acquitted of malicious wounding her husband. The … Continue reading

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October 29, 1998

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1998, the oldest known copy of Archimedes’ work sold for $2 million at a New York auction. It was a diagram of a crudely drawn man holding the end of a very long lever … Continue reading

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September 12, 1910

On THIS DATE IN TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1910 the World’s 1st female cop, Alice Stebbins Wells, was appointed to the LAPD. Her phone answering and coffee making skills attained god-like attributes among the men of the department and her late night … Continue reading

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August 21, 1911

On THIS DATE IN TWISTED-HISTORY in 1911, the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre by Vincenzo Peruggia, an employee of the Louvre. Vincenzo “Vinnie” Peruggia was caught two years later in 1913 as he tried to sell the painting … Continue reading

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August 4, 1994

On THIS DAY IN HISTORY! in 1994 Shock Jock Howard Stern dropped out of the New York gubernatorial race. In his concession speech he stated that he was an amateurish lecherous, money-grubbing, prostitute-associating, drug-using reprobate who only wanted to be … Continue reading

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