Category Archives: 20th Century

Historical Facts from 1901 to 2000 CE

June 6, 1932

On June 6, 1932, in the United States, the Revenue Act of 1932 was enacted. It created the first gas tax in the United States at a rate of 1 cent per gallon. As was expected, people whined and complained. They said and I quote… Continue reading

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June 3, 1938

On June 3, 1938, the leaders of the German Reich voted to confiscate all so-called “degenerate art”. Art that showed beautiful naked women. Art that included paintings and photographs of beautiful naked women. And the leaders of… Continue reading

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May 29, 1912

On May 29, 1912, the man decided to humbug the joy of fifteen working girls at the Curtis Publishing Company in Philadelphia, PA. During their lunch break they decided to try that snazzy new dance, the Turkey Trot, and their… Continue reading

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May 27, 1961

Today, May 27, 1961, it is believed that the first black light was sold commercially to the general public. There is no confirmation of when, where, or to whom the black light was sold. Which is appropriate, as this sale… Continue reading

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May 21, 1918

On May 21, 1918, the US House of Representatives passed the Amendment that allow women the right to vote. The male representatives reminded women that they weren’t required to vote and no one could force them to, if they… Continue reading

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May 20, 1926

On May 20, 1926, American entrepreneur Thomas Edison proclaimed that his fellow Americans preferred silent movies over the new-fangled talkies. In other breaking news, Edison also determined that Americans preferred walking over… Continue reading

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May 19, 1992

On May 19, 1992, US Vice President Dan Quayle attacked newscaster Murphy Brown for being a single mother and setting a poor example of family values. He believed she should have found a man and got married, like his… Continue reading

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May 18, 1949

On May 18, 1949, the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) was incorporated. The bylaws called for all bookstores that wished to have the ABAA designation to have a suitably eldritch appearance and emanate a… Continue reading

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May 16, 1918

On May 16, 1918, the Sedition Act of 1918 was passed by the US Congress, which made criticizing the government an imprisonable offense. This law was repealed on December 13, 1920. The thing to remember about the United States is … Continue reading

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May 12, 1984

On May 12, 1984, South African Anti-Apartheid prisoner Nelson Mandela saw his wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela for the first time in 22 years. It was not the loving reunion one might think. He did ask her point blank what the hell … Continue reading

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