History Facts

The first people to be arrested for marijuana possession was in Denver, Colorado!

People flocked to Denver at the beginning of this year to partake in the newly legalized recreational activity that remains a crime in most parts of the country.

The shift to decriminalize, and even legalize marijuana is very similar to what alcohol experienced in the prohibition era in the early 20th century.

It just so happens that marijuana has been off limits just as long.

In 1937 the Marihuana Tax Act was passed that levied a tax equaling about $1 for anyone commercially dealing cannabis, hemp or marijuana, however it didn't criminalize possession or use of the drug. A fine up to $2,000 or five years' imprisonment would be the penalty for disobeying the tax.

On the very first day the law went into effect, Octover 2, 1937, the FBI and Denver police raided the Lexington Hotel. They ended up arresting Samuel R. Caldwell, a 58-year-old unemployed laborer and 26-year-old Moses Baca.

They were the first people to ever be convicted of possession in a state that it is now legal to use!


Mafia hitman Richard Kuklinski (The Iceman) tended to kill victims with cyanide, often by accidentally spilling cyanide poisoned drinks on their clothes, while they were at a bar or a club

Richard Kuklinski, aka The Iceman, was a hitman who worked for various crime families, primarily the Gambinos. He has claimed over 200 kills, though that's probably an exaggeration.

Kuklinski was unstable and would often roam around New York City killing people for little to no reason. If somebody rubbed him the wrong way, he would kill them. Early on he killed numerous homeless people to perfect his murderous ways.

Kuklinski killed people for over thirty years. Lack of attention from law enforcement was partly due to Kuklinski's ever-changing methods: he used guns, knives, explosives, tire irons, fire, poison, asphyxiation, and even bare-handed beatings, "just for the exercise."

He favored the use of cyanide, since it killed quickly and was hard to detect in a toxicology test. He would variously administer it by injection, by putting it on a person's food, by aerosol spray, or by simply spilling it on the victim's skin.

Kuklinski was eventually convicted of five murders and served the rest of his life in prison. It took a year-long undercover investigation to finally bring him to justice.


A Former Bricklayer Was Mysteriously Kidnapped After An Attempt to Expose Freemason Secrets!

William Morgan was born in 1774 in Batavia, New York and grew up to be anti-mason. Which opposed the way of the Freemason, a fraternal group within the United States that still exists today.

When Mason announced the book he was releasing, he was then arrested. Then, Freemasons kidnapped him. His disappearance was then presumed a murder in 1826.

When Morgan decided to write a book exposing the secrets of the Freemason world, a New York politician was inspired to create the Anti-Masonic Party. This party went against a president himself! This president was Andrew Jackson. While this was a party on the ballot in 1832, it went out the window by 1835.

Freemasons deny ever murdering William Morgan, as they claimed to have paid him $500 to leave the country. Others in numerous countries claimed to have seen this famous man, but none were ever confirmed. Three Freemasons were however convicted of his disappearance including Loton Lawon, Nicholas Chesebro and Edward Sawyer.


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A German abbot wrote a book about magic--or did he? Find out what it's really about!

Ancient tomes scribbled with incomprehensible text, thought to hold thought-provoking insider looks into mysticism and history—or a really awesome secret code.

So, 1499 isn't so much "ancient" history, but that's when an interesting German abbot, Johannes Trithemius, wrote a book on magic, or so they thought. Turns out it was one of the first books on cryptography, the art of secret messages and passwords!

Encryption is all the rage nowadays with computer hackers constantly getting at personal data. Turns out abbots in the 15th century had things to hide too, so they did it in deceiving text. What many thought was a book on magic and using spirits to communicate over long distances, "Steganographia" was actually an early work on cryptography and steganography.

The book was written in three volumes with the first two clearly being on the secret subject after the decryption key was published 100 years later in 1606. Until recently, it was thought that the third volume really was about magic, but the "magic formula" was cracked and shows more cryptology content.


On 20 October 1944 an above ground gas storage tank in Cleveland, Ohio started leaking. The ensuing disaster killed 130 people and left 600 homeless

On Friday, 20 October 1944 residents of Cleveland East, Ohio were going about their business in the usual way, not realizing that by that afternoon 130 people would have died and many would have lost their homes and their life's savings.

By 2:30 pm an above storage tank storing liquefied natural gas, started leaking from a side seam. It was located at the East Ohio Gas Company's tank farm near Lake Erie.

Winds from the lake pushed the vapor into a mixed use section of Cleveland, where it dropped into the sewer lines via the street gutters.

When it mixed with air and sewer gas, the mixture ignited and exploded, and the jets of fire that was sent up from the sewer lines blew manhole covers into the sky. One was found several miles east, in Glenville!

That was not the end of it. At 3:00 pm another above ground tank exploded, leveling the tank farm. Explosions and fires continued to occur, travelling through sewers and up through drains. Many housewives found themselves trapped in their burning homes.

The county coroner estimated the death toll to be 200, but it was actually 130. Six hundred people were left homeless as 70 homes, 2 factories, numerous cars and miles of underground infrastructure were destroyed.



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