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February 24, 1807

On February 24, 1807, in London, England, approximately 40 thousand people gathered at Newgate Prison to watch the hanging of John Holloway, Owen Heggerty and Elizabeth Godfrey. Holloway and Heggerty had been convicted for the murder of lavender-water shop owner … Continue reading

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February 2, 1349

On February 2, 1349, the Bubonic Plague was ravaging through Europe and England, and in London, there were at least 200 human bodies a day being buried. While most everyone in London considered this to be a horrible, apocalyptic time, … Continue reading

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January 26, 1697

On January 26, 1697, Sir Isaac Newton received Leibniz’s and Bernoulli’s six month time-limit problem. At that time, mathematicians were like rappers today, and were constantly challenging each other with math problems, trying to prove who had the biggest sets … Continue reading

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January 25, 1839

On January 25, 1839, photographer, Henry Fox Talbot exhibited his early photographs to the Royal Institution in London, England. For an extra 5 shillings, it was heard that Talbot would allow an adventurous Englishman to have a private viewing of … Continue reading

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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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