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February 14, 1929

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1929 the first report on penicillin’s medicinal properties were published. Sir Alexander Fleming’s famously accidentally discovered penicillin after leaving a Petri dish out for too long. On this date he published his report about … Continue reading

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December 3, 1931

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1931 Alka Seltzer was sold for the first time. It wouldn’t be until 1975 that the famous jingle and TV ad “plop plop fizz fizz, oh what a relief it is” would be heard … Continue reading

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November 23, 1921

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1921, President Harding signed the Willis Campell Act which forbid doctors from prescribing beer or liquor for medicinal purposes.

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July 11th, 1985

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1985, Dr. H. Harlan Stone announced that he had used zippers instead of stitches on 28 patients. He explained that the zippers were used when he believed he may have to re-operate. While the … Continue reading

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January 23, 1849

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1849 – English-born Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in America to receive a medical degree. She attended and graduated from the Medical Institution of Geneva, NY, to the opposition of her fellow students … Continue reading

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December 31, 1841

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1841, the state of Alabama enacted the first legislation that regulated dental practices in the U.S., and required state medical boards to administer examination and issue licenses using the same rules and restrictions as … Continue reading

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December 7, 1982

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1982, Charlie Brooks Junior, a convicted murderer, was the first prisoner in the United States to be executed by lethal injection, at a prison in Huntsville, Texas. Before his lethal injection, it was noticed … Continue reading

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September 25, 1957

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1957, Great Britain performed well on its nuclear test at Maralinga, Australia. It scored very well on the multiple choice section with a grade of 94, but the essay section of the test almost … Continue reading

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August 29, 2012

On THIS DATE IN TWISTED-HISTORY! in 2012 the venom of the Brazilian wandering spider (also known as the banana spider) was found to be effective in relieving erectile dysfunction. Central and South American women have known of this spider for … Continue reading

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August 23, 1995

On THIS DATE IN TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1995, Larry Hagman, who played Major Nelson on ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ and J.R. Ewing on ‘Dallas’ had a liver transplant. As his original liver was being removed, the new liver screamed and cried … Continue reading

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