Missionaries killed by spears in rain forest

January 8, 1956 Ecuador 5 Christian missionaries are attacked and killed by spear-wielding Huaorani tribesmen Ed McCully, Pete Fleming, and Jim Elliot (pictured left to right) as well as Nate Saint and Roger Youderian had previously visited the Huaorani tribe since September 1955, delivering gifts and were generally well-received. On January 6, small group of…

FLW: Marco Polo

Famous Last Words Marco Polo Venice, Republic of Venice January 8, 1324 Famed explorer Marco Polo is best known for his travels and extensive chronicling of what he witnessed, and was instrumental in expanding trade routes into Asia in what is now called the Silk Road, a massive network of traders stretching over Eastern Europe,…

Brown’s Chicken murders

January 8, 1993 Palatine, Illinois Two owners and 5 employees (two of whom were teenagers) of Brown's Chicken are killed, their bodies found in a walk-in refrigerator and a cooler The murders seemed to be motivated by money as less than $2,000 was taken from the restaurant. Seven of the victims were shot to death…