Tag Archives: New York

August 4, 1735

On August 4, 1735, John Peter Zenger was acquitted of seditious libel. The royal governor of New York had brought the charges from an article written by Mr. Zenger in the New York Weekly Journal. His jury stated that “the … Continue reading

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June 18, 1861

On June 18, 1861 the first American fly-casting tournament was held in Utica, NY. Stranded southern businessman, Gaston Guidry, formerly of Thibadaux, Louisiana, was disqualified when he started fly-fishing with dynamite. Mr. Guidry was quoted as saying, “If you’re not … Continue reading

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June 15, 1907

On June 15, 1907 researcher, George Soper, published the results of his investigation in the typhoid outbreaks in the New York area. He announced that Mary Mallon, a cook, was the likely source. It very rapidly became clear that Ms. … Continue reading

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May 30, 1896

On May 30, 1896, the first automobile accident occurred in New York City. Automobilist Henry Wells of Springfield, Massachusetts struck cyclist Ebeling Thomas with his horseless carriage. Witnesses said that Wells appeared to lose control of his noisy contraption and … Continue reading

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March 8, 1894

On March 8, 1894, the first dog license law was enacted in the state of New York. This was a tiered statute, with different types of licensing for the various classes of dogs. Small dogs, such as a terrier were … Continue reading

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March 2, 1789

On March 2, 1789, Pennsylvania ended its ban on theatrical performances, along with other forms of expensive entertainment. It appears that the Quakers of Pennsylvania were as tight-assed and unloving of fun as the Puritans of Massachusetts were. In 1774 … Continue reading

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February 21, 1857

On February 21, 1857, the US Congress outlawed foreign currency as legal tender in the United States. Up until that time, foreign coin (especially the Spanish dollar) was allowed as legal tender throughout America, with the metal value of the … Continue reading

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June 16, 1884

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1884 the first roller coaster ride opened in America at Coney Island, in Brooklyn, NY. The ride cost a nickel and travelled at a whomping 6 miles an hour. It was an instant success … Continue reading

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April 17, 1987

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1987 New Yorker Richard Wilbur was appointed as Poet Laureate of the United States. This was quite the upset pick as Tyrone Greene of New Jersey was the favorite with his heartfelt poem, “Kill … Continue reading

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April 10, 1938

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1938 New York made it mandatory to get tested for syphilis in order to get a marriage license. Many New York natives angrily confronted their congressmen and aldermen and demanded just how they were … Continue reading

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