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August 24, 1751

On August 24, 1751, Englishman Thomas Colley was executed for drowning a witch. Colley was one of the leaders of a mob that seized an elderly couple, John and Ruth Osborne, from a workhouse in Tring, Hertfordshire and accused them … Continue reading

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August 18, 1587

On August 18, 1587, Virginia Dare became the first child born on American soil of English parents, thereby becoming the first anchor baby in American history.

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August 12, 1865

On August 12, 1865, British surgeon, Dr. Joseph Lister used a disinfectant for the first time during surgery. Not only did he use carbolic acid to sterilize the patient’s wound, but he also used it to sterilize his surgical equipment, … Continue reading

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July 5, 1841

On July 5, 1841, Thomas Cook of Leicester, England started the first travel agency. On that date in 1841, Thomas Cook escorted 500 people, who paid one shilling each to travel from Leiscester Campbell railway station to a teetotaler rally … Continue reading

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May 9, 1671

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1671 Thomas “Captain” Blood attempted to steal the crown jewels from the Tower of London. Thomas Blood and his accomplices had the Crown Jewels in their possession when they were nicked at the gate … Continue reading

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April 21, 1963

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1963 the Beatles met the Rolling Stones for the 1st time. While it was decided that any of the Beatles could take Mick Jagger in a fight, fair or unfair, the rest of the … Continue reading

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April 18, 1930

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1930 the BBC Radio announced that there was no news for that day. The entire radio broadcasts consisted of the following statement: “Today is Good Friday. There is no news.”

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February 26, 1995

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1995 the oldest investment institution in Britain collapse after one of their traders, Nick Leeson of the Singapore branch, lost over $1.5 billion dollars on futures trading. Mr. Leeson was using the bank’s money … Continue reading

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February 15, 1971

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1971 on what became known as the “Decimal Day” in the United Kingdom, the British currency was brought onto the base 10 system. Before this date one British pound was made up of 240 … Continue reading

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February 10, 1840

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1840, Queen Victoria married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe Coburg-Gotha. Queen Victoria was a carrier of the hemophilia gene, from which the ‘bleeding’ disease appeared among a number of the nine children … Continue reading

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