July 2, 1747 Charleston, Massachusetts Elizabeth Royall (7) dies (according to a momento mori) Mourning jewelry or momento mori (lit. "remember death") were created as a way to remember a loved on who had passed before photography was invented. (After photography came about, the art of post-mortem photography became the popular choice.) Some mourning jewelry… Continue reading Momento mori: ring commemorating the memory of a 7-year-old
Famous Last Words Peter Kürten Cologne, Germany July 2, 1931 "Tell me... after my head is chopped off, will I still be able to hear, at least for a moment, the sound of my own blood gushing from the stump of my neck? That would be the pleasure to end all pleasures." Kürten was executed… Continue reading FLW: will I be able to hear my blood gushing from my neck?
July 2, 1937 Pacific Ocean Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappear Due to neither person nor their plane being found, the disappearance has become a mystery with new evidence and hypotheses coming forward every so often. This includes a forensic anthropology report published in 2018 which claims with 99% certainty the skeletal remains… Continue reading Amelia Earhart’s disappearance
Famous Last Words Michel de Nostredame (known by his Latinized name Nostradamus) Salon-de-Provence, Provence, France July 2, 1566 "You will not find me alive at sunrise." Nostradamus, famed astrologer and author of 942 poetic quatrains which supposedly predicted the future, had been inflicted with gout during the last few years of his life. In 1566,… Continue reading FLW: Nostradamus predicts own death
July 2, 1993 Sivas, Turkey A mob sets fire to a hotel, killing 37 including 2 members of the mob and injuring at least 51 The mob, who were Sunni Muslims, set the hotel on fire for unspecified reasons after attending Friday prayers. The Turkish government believed the attack was directed at Aziz Nesin who… Continue reading Religious mob sets fire to hotel, killing 37