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April 6, 1722

On April 6, 1722, Peter the Great, Tsar of Russia ended the beard tax that he imposed back in 1698. He imposed the tax, along with other measures to modernize Russia so it could compete with the Englands, Frances, and Spains of the European world. The other things he did, like changing Russia’s calendar, the … Continue reading

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February 11, 1878

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1878 the first U.S. bicycle club, Boston Bicycle Club, was formed. This was before gears and to have a speedy, fast bike, required the front wheel (which was the pedaling wheel) to be bigger than the back wheel. This type of bicycle was called the ‘penny farthing’ and was … Continue reading

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September 1, 1689

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1689 Tsar Peter the Great of Russia placed a tax on men’s beards. Peter the Great wanted to drag Russia into the 17th Century and by forcing Russian men to shave their facial hair, he hoped to at the very least improve their looks. Russian women were allowed to … Continue reading

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