Tag Archives: New York

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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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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