Tag Archives: Italy

August 25, 1978

On August 25, 1978, the Shroud of Turin went on display for the first time in 45 years. The public was assured that it was the original, as it had a tag with the following writing on it, in what … Continue reading

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July 31, 768

On July 31, 768 the shortest tenure of any Pope or Pope hopeful actually happened. On July 31, 768 when Constantine II was forced off the papal seat, Philip, a monk at the monastery of St. Vito was quickly installed to keep the… Continue reading

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May 4, 1949

On May 4, 1949, almost the entire Torino soccer team (a professional Italian team) was killed when their airplane crashed while trying to land at the Turin-Aeritalia Airport. Only two players of the Torino team escaped and it was only … Continue reading

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April 14, 1611

On April 14, 1611, the Italian scientist and naturalist Prince Federico Cesi help coin the word ‘telescope’ in a letter he wrote to Galileo Galilei. Interesting enough, in the nearby city of Rome, an Italian gatekeeper coined the phrase “Back … Continue reading

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April 13, 1560

On April 13, 1560, Giovanni Battista, favorite son of famed Italian mathematician Girolamo Cardano, was beheaded for murdering his wife. Why did he kill her? Because he discovered that their three children weren’t his. When did he let her know … Continue reading

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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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