Tag Archives: New York

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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August 29, 1985

On this date in Twisted-History.com in 1985 New York Yankee player Don Baylor was hit by a pitch for the 190th time during his career, setting a modern day record for players who played after 1900. This was the 22nd … Continue reading

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August 23, 1953

On this date in Twisted-History.com in 1953, aspiring graffiti artist Captain George C. Davison of Staten Island, New York was thrown into a North Korean prison for fifteen days for penciling in a moustache on a picture of Mao Tze … Continue reading

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August 19, 1993

On this date in Twisted-History.com in 1993 Actress Kim Bassinger married Actor Alec Baldwin and the term “This is going to be a f$#*ing train-wreck” enters the American lexicon. Scientists soon discovered that there is a mathematical formula that states … Continue reading

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July 24, 1978

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! 1978, Billy Martin was fired as the manager of the New York Yankees baseball team. Owner George Steinbrenner so enjoyed it, that he hired Billy four more times over the next 10 years (1979, 1983, … Continue reading

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April 20, 1961

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1961, American engineer Harold Graham made the first manned rocket backpack flight in Niagara Falls, New York. He rose to a height of feet and flew a distance of over 100 feet, proving that … Continue reading

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April 10th, 1938

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1938, New York enacted legislation that required couples to be tested for syphilis in order to get a marriage license. Two years later West Virginia followed suit and offered a free weekend visit to … Continue reading

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March 28, 1865

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1865 outdoor advertising legislation was enacted in New York and banned “painting on stones, rocks and trees” as a means to tell others about your business or business opportunities. The writing on a bathroom … Continue reading

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