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July 30, 1935

On July 30, 1935, the first penguin books were published. Being that penguins were first discovered by Europeans around 1488, the fact that it took until 1935 to write books about them is astonishing. What? Excuse me? Penguin is the … Continue reading

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May 1, 1852

On May 1, 1852, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published the first part of their German Dictionary, proving that the Germans have a word for everything. The pleasure you get from another’s misfortune, the Germans have a word for that. It’s … Continue reading

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April 18, 1924

On April 18, 1924, Simon and Schuster, Inc., published the first “Crossword Puzzle Book” and ecru, soho, erato, alee, and stye became better known words by the general American public. Although a six letter word for ‘strips in geography class’ … Continue reading

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March 22, 1621

On March 22, 1621, Hugo Grotius (Also known as Hugo de Groot) was being held in prison in the Lowevenstein castle in the Netherlands. In 1618, he had been sentenced to life imprisonment for his heretical religious beliefs. On March … Continue reading

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March 10, 1936

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1936 the first Book-of-the-Month Club selection was published. The first book of the club was ‘Lolly Willowes, or The Loving Huntsman’, written by the controversial author Sylvia Townsend Warner, an openly gay woman. It … Continue reading

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January 2, 1859

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1859, Erastus Flavel Beadle published “The Dime Book of Practical Etiquette.” This book gave helpful everyday advice such as “be sure that the dog you kick in town is a stray, as if it … Continue reading

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November 13, 1998

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1998, Monica Lewinsky inked a deal with St. Martin’s Press for the North American rights to her story about her affair with President Bill Clinton. Her recommendations that the book include both ‘pop-ups’ and … Continue reading

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August 3, 1750

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1750, Christopher Dock completed the very first book of teaching methods. It was titled “A Simple and Thoroughly Prepared School Management.” In it, Mr. Dock explained how repetition, bible study, prayer, public shaming, paying … Continue reading

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April 28, 1686

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1686 the first volume of Isaac Newton’s “Principia Mathamatic” was published. The critics of the day proclaimed it virtually unreadable as it had no plot, no story, no boy meets girl, boy loses girl … Continue reading

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March 22, 1457

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1457 the Gutenberg Bible became the first printed book. Booksellers of that time claimed that the printed book was a passing fad and doomed to quickly fade out, as established and accomplished readers preferred … Continue reading

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