Tag Archives: London

February 23, 1886

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1886, the London Times published the world’s 1st classified ad. It said, “Distinguished gentleman of means looking for a jemmy Judy who knows how to put Nebuchadnezzar out to grass. I do possess a … Continue reading

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December 5, 1766

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1766, James Christie, the founder of the famous Christie auctioneers, held his first sale in London, England. It went a little something like this: “Who’ll give me a ten pounds? Ten pounds bid, now … Continue reading

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November 30, 1016

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1016, Edmund Ironside, King of England died while sitting on the toilet in his castle in London, England. Unlike Elvis who died of a heart attack from extreme constipation while sitting on the toilet, … Continue reading

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November 6, 1975

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1975, the Sex Pistols played their first live show at St. Martin’s College of Art in London, England. All of the 100 people who attended (which later grew to 14,500 in the telling) left … Continue reading

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October 31, 1815

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1815 Sir Humprey Davy of London patented the miner’s safety lamp. His subsequent invention of the miner’s canary hat proved less useful. The miners complained that the canary cage section of the helmet stuck … Continue reading

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October 17, 1814

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1814 a rupture of a brewery tank in London, England released 140,000 gallons of beer in the parish of St. Giles and injured hundreds and drowned nine people. The people of St. Giles mourned … Continue reading

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September 10, 1897

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1897 British police arrest London taxi driver George Smith for drunken driving. They determined that he was drunk because he first, acted and talked in a drunken manner and second, he drove straight into … Continue reading

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June 27, 1693

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1693 “The Ladies’ Mercury” was published by John Dunton in London. It was the first women’s magazine and contained a “question and answer” column that became known as the “Problem Page.” Many of the … Continue reading

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February 20, 1673 and 1984

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1673 the first recorded wine auction took place in London. On this same date in 1984 the first recorded whine auction also took place in Manhattan with Amy Rothsberg placing the winning bid for … Continue reading

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January 31, 1747

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1747, the first clinic specializing in the treatment of venereal diseases was opened at London Dick Dock Hospital.

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