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January 8, 1902

On January 8, 1902, the state of New York passed a law that criminalized the act of men turning around on a street and “looking at a woman in that way.” Assemblyman Francis G. Landon, the lawmaker who championed the … Continue reading

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December 31, 1841

On December 31, 1841, the State of Alabama enacted the first dental legislation in the United States. The law required a person to have eight or fewer teeth before they could marry their first cousin, fourteen or fewer to marry … Continue reading

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November 30, 1487

On November 30, 1487, Germany enacted the first German Beer Purity Law in Munich by Albert IV, Duke of Bavaria. He stated that beer should be brewed only from water, malt and hops. This prove so popular that in the … Continue reading

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November 4, 1646

On November 4, 1646, the Massachusetts Bay Colony (which was to later become the state of Massachusetts) passed a law that made it illegal to deny that the Christian Bible was the word of God. The penalty was death. There … Continue reading

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September 20, 1995

On September 20, 1995, the US House of Representatives voted to do away with the national speed limit and allow the States to set their own. States like Wyoming, Montana and California were ecstatic, since on many of their highways … Continue reading

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April 23, 2009

On April 23, 2009 in Canada, the Apology Act passed. This law made it illegal to assume that a Canadian was at fault for just saying, “I’m sorry” or “Sorry aboot that”. In fact, the national greeting in Canada is … Continue reading

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March 8, 1894

On March 8, 1894, the first dog license law was enacted in the state of New York. This was a tiered statute, with different types of licensing for the various classes of dogs. Small dogs, such as a terrier were … Continue reading

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January 8, 2002

On January 8, 2002, George W Bush signed into U.S. law the “No Child Left Behind Act. This law was intended to improve the United States’ educational system. US evangelicals mistakenly thought it was a reference to the ‘Rapture’ and … Continue reading

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August 20, 1998

On this date in Twisted-History.com in 1998 Canadia’s Supreme Court announced that Quebec could not secede without the federal government’s consent. French Canadians in Quebec immediately laughed and jeered and said, all French-like, “Aha! You bourgeios pigs! That also means … Continue reading

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April 10th, 1938

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1938, New York enacted legislation that required couples to be tested for syphilis in order to get a marriage license. Two years later West Virginia followed suit and offered a free weekend visit to … Continue reading

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