Washington DC

Naval officer dies after being shot in the pelvis during duel

March 22, 1820 Washington, D.C. Stephen Decatur dies at 41 from injuries sustained during a gun duel Decatur, a distinguished naval officer, had been challenged by Commodore James Baron after Decatur made disparaging remarks regarding Baron's conduct during the Chesapeake-Leopold Affair of 1807. Decatur accepted, though he did not tell his wife about the duel,… Continue reading Naval officer dies after being shot in the pelvis during duel

France

Conductor dies of gangrene after wounding own foot with conducting staff

March 22, 1687 Paris, France Conductor Jean-Baptiste Lully dies of gangrene after wounding his own foot while conducting Lully’s misfortune happened as he conducted a Te Deum, a hymn of praise, performed to celebrate the Louis XIV’s recent recovery from an illness. At the time, conductors did not wave a baton in the air to… Continue reading Conductor dies of gangrene after wounding own foot with conducting staff

Executions · Newspaper clippings

A descriptive recount of two deaths in the wheel

March 22, 1686 General Patrick Gordon describes the horrors he witnessed in Hamburg of two broken at the wheel, a torture device prevalent at the time A portion of the entry reads "This day, a man and a woman, a burger of the towne being the womans master, for murthering, were carted from the prisone… Continue reading A descriptive recount of two deaths in the wheel