England · Executions

Admiral executed for “failing to do his utmost”

March 14, 1757 Portsmouth, England Admiral John Byng is executed for "failing to do his utmost" during the Seven Years War Admiral Byng had failed to pursue a French fleet which would have likely become a suicide mission, and instead chose to protect his own fleet. Due to the Articles of War, anyone who did… Continue reading Admiral executed for “failing to do his utmost”

Louisiana

11 Italians lynched for police chief’s murder

March 14, 1891 New Orleans, Louisiana Eleven people of Italian descent are lynched for allegedly murdering police chief David Hennessy Hennessy had been shot several times by a group of assailants as he walked home on October 15, 1890. When asked who had shot him, he replied “Dagoes,” a slur used against Italians. He died… Continue reading 11 Italians lynched for police chief’s murder

Florida

The murder of Ryan Skipper

March 14, 2007 Wahneta, Florida Ryan Skipper (25) is murdered by William Brown Jr (20) and Joseph Bearden (pictured, 21) due to alleged unwanted sexual advances (also called the "gay panic defense") How Skipper met his murderers is still questioned, though two of Skipper's friends testified they had seen Brown with Skipper before, one claiming… Continue reading The murder of Ryan Skipper

England · Famous Last Words

FLW: “Last Words are for fools who haven’t said enough”

Famous Last Words Karl Marx London, England March 14, 1883 "Go on, get out! Last words are for fools who haven't said enough." Marx’s observations along with those of Frederich Engels helped shape Marxism, a political philosophy centered around the injustices of capitalism and classes. However, Marx famously remarked to Engel at one point "Ce… Continue reading FLW: “Last Words are for fools who haven’t said enough”