Tag Archives: Florida

July 27, 1377

On July 27, 1377, the first example of a quarantine occurred in the city of Rugusa, which is now Dubroknik, Croatia. The city council passed a law that required newcomers from plague areas to isolate for 30 days, and then … Continue reading

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April 8, 1513

On April 8, 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed at what is now called St. Augustine, Florida and claimed all of Florida for Spain. How’d he do this you ask? He stood on the land, planted a flag … Continue reading

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January 19, 1861

On January 19, 1861, Georgia seceded from the Union. They said all the cool kids were doing it. They weren’t. It was the usually quartet of troublemakers South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida and Alabama. You know, the ones that sit in … Continue reading

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November 7, 1991

On November 7, 1991, actor Paul Reubens, aka Pee Wee Herman, pled no contest to charges of animal cruelty. Mr. Reubens had been arrested in Sarasota, Florida for spanking his monkey in an adult movie theater. The monkey was told … Continue reading

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September 25, 1992

On September 25, 1992, in Orlando, Florida, 12-year-old Gregory Kingsley was legally divorced from his biological parents. Twelve, thirteen, and fourteen year-olds throughout the United States immediately threatened to divorce their parents when their later curfews, smoking attempts, and back-sassing … Continue reading

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August 3, 1985

On August 3, 1985, mail service was returned to a nudist colony in Paradise Lake, Florida. It had been suspended because the mailperson had complained about delivering mail to a bunch of naked men and women. The original postal worker … Continue reading

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February 22, 1819

On February 22, 1819, Spain ceded Florida to the United States via the Adams-Onis Treaty of 1819. No money was exchanged but the western boundaries of the United States and the Spanish Territories in the Americas were negotiated. This treaty … Continue reading

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February 12, 1733

On February 12, 1733, James Oglethorpe and his colonists on his ship, the ‘Anne’ landed and settled near the present site of Savannah, Georgia, and started the British Colony of Georgia, which was named after the English King who gave … Continue reading

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June 3, 1539

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1539 Hernando De Soto claimed Florida for Spain by landing near Tampa Bay, finding a convenient palm tree, peeing on the trunk and yelling dibs. It was a good time to be an explorer.

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November 5th, 1999

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1999 professional basketball player Dennis Rodman and model Carmen Electra were both arrested and charged with battery and domestic violence at a hotel in Miami Beach, Florida that was caused by an argument that … Continue reading

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