January 3, 1496

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1496, it is believed that Leonardo da Vinci tested his flying machine from references written in his notebooks. The test didn’t succeed and he didn’t try again for several years. Also noted in other sources from 1496, Mr. da Vinci’s manservant, Marcos of Africa, died after being hit by an unlicensed ox-cart in the middle of the night on January 4th, 1496. The constables of the time noted how Marcos’s body was badly damaged by the ox-cart, almost like he’d fallen a great distance to his death. They did not expect to ever find the owner of the ox-cart and they wondered what an African manservant was doing on the road in the middle of the night, as their skin made them notoriously hard to see in such little light.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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