Group holds drunken hex party to curse Hitler

January 22, 1941 Maryland A group of people gather cabin in the woods, drink heavily, and engage in a "hex party" to "kill Adolf Hitler by voodoo incantation" The gathering was recorded by LIFE magazine and published in their February 10, 1941 issue, and describe the alcohol-fueled ritual involving a dressmaker's dummy that had nails…

An unfavorable epitaph

January 22, 1993 Texas Bernard P. Hopkins dies at the age of 88 Little is known of Hopkins life in the way of public record, but his apparent unsavory attitude left at least one family member or acquaintance disgruntled enough to memorialize his shortcomings. A plaque dedicated to the "Legacy of BPH" reads "liar -…

Politician kills self on live TV

January 22, 1987 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Robert Budd Dwyer kills himself on live television At a live, televised press conference regarding a political scandal, Robert Budd Dwyer, Treasurer of Pennsylvania, professed his innocence. He then handed several envelopes out, which were later discovered to be organ donor information, letters to his wife and children, and funeral…

Pitchfork duel

From The Cincinnati Enquirer Published January 22, 1879 A man, who had been paying rent to his stepfather, grew upset with which foods were purchased with his payments. A fight broke out, culminating in a duel with pitchforks, leaving the stepfather with severe wounds to his neck and head. Despite the possibly fatal wounds to…