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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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August 3, 2011

On this day in Twisted-History.com in 2011, Ugandan and French paleontologists announced the discovery of a 20 million year old ape skull in northeastern Uganda. The skull belonged to a male Ugandapithecus Major, a remote cousin of today’s great apes. … 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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June 15, 1667

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1667, Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Denys administered the first fully documented human blood transfusion. He transferred twelve ounces of sheep’s blood into a 15-year old French boy. To prepare the boy for the transfusion he was … Continue reading

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April 7th, 1498

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1498, King Charles VIII of France died when he ran into a tennis court and stuck his head on a low wooden beam. He was 28 years old at the time. No one was … Continue reading

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