Tag Archives: Italy

October 4, 1582

October 4, 1582, was the last day that Italy, Spain, Portugal and Poland made use of the Julian calendar. The very next day, which would jump to October 15, 1582, the four countries adopted and began using the more solar … Continue reading

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February 13, 1503

On February 13, 1503, the Challenge of Barletta took place and the French got their butts handed to them by the Italians. What happened to lead up to this famous duel of 13 French knights versus 13 Italian knights? Well, … Continue reading

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March 15, 493 AD

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 493 AD Theodoric the Great, leader of the Ostrogoths was attending a banquet that he and Odoacer the first King of Italy had organized to celebrate the peace treaty they had signed signaling an … Continue reading

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March 9, 1562

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1562 an anti-obscenity law was passed in Naples that also banned public kissing. The law was rescinded the next day.

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February 7, 1497

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1497 in the Italian city of Florence, the supporters of the Dominican priest Girolamo Savonarola collected (sometimes without the owners’ consent, okay, many times without the owners’ consent) and publicly burned thousands of objects … Continue reading

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August 25, 2008

On this date in Twisted-History.com in 2008, Father Antonio Rungi of the Passionists order in the town of Mondragone, Italy proposed on his blog to hold a “Beauty Contests for Nuns” where the nuns would send him photos and people … Continue reading

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April 8th, 1939

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1939, King Zog I of Albania fled the invading Italian Army and went into exile in England, taking with them large stores of gold. Zog and his family understood very well how gold could … Continue reading

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December 30, 1935

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1935, Italian bombers destroyed a Swedish Red Cross unit in Ethiopia. Mussolini later apologized and tried to explain by saying that his airplane pilots weren’t very bright, being Italian and everything, and they thought … Continue reading

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December 14, 1939

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1939, Russia was demoted from the League of Nations to the lesser arena, Association of Countries, for lackluster play and the inability to win the “Big” game. Russian Team Owner, Joseph “Man of Steel” … Continue reading

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September 21, 1576

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1576, Gerolamo Cardano, an Italian Renaissance mathematician, philosopher, doctor, gambler and astrologer died. He was famous and infamous throughout Europe of that time and was paid handsomely for his astrological forecasts. He even predicted … Continue reading

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