Tag Archives: Death Penalty

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 is nothing funny about this. It shows why every religion should be denied a foothold … Continue reading

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July 2, 1976

On July 2, 1976, the US Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty was not inherently cruel or unusual, but could be if you did it right. They recommended that the brazen bull be brought back. That’s where the condemned is placed in a hollow, bronze bull and then a fire is lit under it, … Continue reading

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May 8, 1794

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1794 Frenchman Antoine Lavoisier was executed by guillotine for the crime of adulterating the nation’s tobacco with water along with other crimes. Lavoisier is the chemist who discovered oxygen. Many people say that the lack of oxygen is what caused his death. I say it was having his head … Continue reading

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June 20, 2002

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 2002 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the execution of the mentally retarded was unconstitutionally cruel. The vote was 6 in favor and 3 against. The dissenters, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, disputed that there was a real or lasting consensus against … Continue reading

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