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February 16, 1859

On February 16, 1859, the French government passed a law that set the A-note above middle C to a frequency of 435 Hz. This was to standardize the pitch. Violaters of this law would be required to teach elementary school … Continue reading

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February 13, 1503

On February 13, 1503, the Challenge of Barletta took place and the French got their butts handed to them by the Italians. What happened to lead up to this famous duel of 13 French knights versus 13 Italian knights? Well, … Continue reading

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January 13, 1404

On January 13, 1404, the English Parliament passed the Act of Multipliers, forbidding Multiplication. This wasn’t a bunch of rich nobs prejudiced against mathematics, but instead, at the time, multiplication also meant the production of precious metals through alchemy. The … Continue reading

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January 9, 1793

On January 9, 1793, Frenchman, Jean Pierre Blanchard made the first balloon flight in North America. Aeronaut Blanchard lifted off from the Walnut Street Prison in Philadephia, setting the stage for future prison breaks in books and movies, and floated … Continue reading

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May 8, 1794

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1794 Frenchman Antoine Lavoisier was executed by guillotine for the crime of adulterating the nation’s tobacco with water along with other crimes. Lavoisier is the chemist who discovered oxygen. Many people say that the … Continue reading

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April 25, 1792

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1792 the guillotine was first used. A few years before the French Revolution, highwayman Nicolas Pelletier, was the first person executed with the now famous method of beheading. Eyewitness accounts reported that the crowded … Continue reading

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April 8, 1820

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1820 the famous marble sculpture was discovered on the island of Milos by a peasant, Yorgos Kentrotas, and a French naval officer. The sculpture was in several pieces including parts of her missing arms. … Continue reading

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March 22, 1907

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1907 in Paris it was reported that male cab drivers were dressing as women to attract riders. Those who shaved every day were found to make more money.

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March 16, 1993

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1993, France officially declared ostrich meat fit for human consumption. Fred Flinstone sized drumsticks became possible for the first time in Western civilization.

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February 17, 1454

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1454 at a grand feast and after many, many drinks, Philip the Good of Burgundy took the “vow of the pheasant” by which he swore to fight the Turks. At that time the Turks … Continue reading

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