The Slender Man stabbing attack

May 31, 2014 Waukesha, Wisconsin Two 12-year-old girls allegedly stab a classmate to impress the fictional figure Slender Man Slender Man (alternative spelled as Slenderman) was created in 2009 as part of a paranormal photoshop challenge by Eric Knudsen. He is depicted as very tall and incredibly slender, with no facial features or hair, wearing…

The Johnstown flood which claimed the lives of 2,200

May 31, 1899 Johnstown, Pennsylvania A flood destroys the town of Johnstown, killing over 2,200 and causing extensive damage to property The flood was caused by days of heavy rainfall which the South Fork Dam was no longer able to contain. Engineers near the dam attempted to dig ditches to relieve some pressure but were…

A failed assassination attempt against King Alfonso XIII on his wedding day resulted in 15 or more bystanders killed and many more wounded

May 31, 1906 Madrid, Spain An assassination attempt against King Alfonso XIII fails to kill its target but kills at least 15 and injures 100 bystanders The attack happened as the King and his newly-wed Queen Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg were in a procession celebrating their marriage on their wedding day. Anarchist Mateo Morral concealed…

Roman emperor killed by his citizens after his decisions to keep his family in high standings results in angering the Vandals

May 31, 455 Rome, Italy Emperor Petronius Maximus is assassinated two and a half months after assuming the throne It was speculated that Petronius had a hand in the murder of the previous emperor, Valentinian III. One of those who suspected his involvement in the assassination was his widow, Licinia Eudoxia, whom Petronius married to…

Joan of Arc’s death

Famous Last Words Joan of Arc Rouen, France May 30, 1431 “Hold the cross high so I may see it through the flames!” Joan of Arc (who was approximately 19 at the time of her death) had been a commander for the French army against the English until a truce was struck between the two…