March 18, 1845 Fort Wayne, Indiana John Chapman, known as the folklore hero Johnny Appleseed, dies at 70 Chapman is best remembered for introducing apples to the frontier, including large areas in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania. Additionally, he was a missionary, conservationist, and environmentalist. He never married and became a vegetarian in the later… Continue reading The grave of Johnny Appleseed
Happy birthday, Brad Dourif Born March 18, 1950 Probably best known for voicing Chucky in the Child's Play franchise, he has also appeared in the X-Files (pictured), The Exorcist III, Alien: Resurrection, and the Rob Zombie remake of Halloween to name a few.
Famous Last Words Jacques de Molay Paris, France March 18, 1314 “Let evil swiftly befall those who have wrongly condemned us - God will avenge us.” Molay (sometimes spelt Molai) was the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar. His execution was the result of a long path between the King of France and the… Continue reading FLW: cursing the king and the pope before being burned at the stake
March 18, 1752 Edinburgh, Scotland Helen Torrance and Jean Waldie are hanged for the kidnapping, murder, and sale of the corpse of an 8- or 9-year-old boy As this article published in The Day on Thursday, January 12, 1832 (80 years after the fact) shows using court records, the defense of the suspects hinged on… Continue reading Two women are executed for kidnapping, murdering, and selling of the corpse of a young boy
March 18, c. 303 Nicomedia, Bithynia (now İzmit, Turkey) 10,000 Christians are beheaded The exact date of the martyrdom of the Christians is unknown as it was over 1700 years ago and likely took place over a large span of time. However, the Roman Martyrology commemorates March 18 stating, “At Nicomedia ten thousand holy martyrs… Continue reading 10,000 Christians beheaded for their faith (303 AD)