Connecticut · Disasters

Circus tent catches fire, kills 168 and wounds 700

July 6, 1944 Hartford, Connecticut A fire ignites a circus tent, killing an estimated 168 and wounding over 700 The exact cause of the fire is unknown. One theory suspects a carelessly discarded cigarette, while another involves Robert Segee who admitted in 1950 to setting the blaze when he was 17. He later recanted this… Continue reading Circus tent catches fire, kills 168 and wounds 700

California

Man murders wife, three children, mother-in-law

July 6, 2003 Bakersfield, California Vincent Brothers murders his wife, their children, and his mother-in-law Brothers and his wife had had marital issues in the past, including an annulment to their marriage due to his infidelity. The couple remarried when his wife, Joanie, became pregnant with their third child. The family was murdered between the… Continue reading Man murders wife, three children, mother-in-law

England · Executions · Famous Last Words · Political

FLW: Man executed for disagreeing with Henry VIII

Famous Last Words Sir Thomas More London, England July 6, 1535 “Pluck up thy spirits, man, and be not afraid to do thine office, my neck is very short. Take heed therefore thou shoot not awry for saving thine honesty.” More had been against King Henry VIII's separation from the Church of Rome and opposed… Continue reading FLW: Man executed for disagreeing with Henry VIII

Maine

12-year-old abducted, sexually assaulted, stabbed, and strangled

July 6, 1988 Bowdoin, Maine 12-year-old Sarah Cherry is abducted, sexually assaulted, stabbed, and strangled Sarah had been babysitting an 11-month-old baby when she was abducted. The baby’s parents came home to find their child in the crib, unharmed. Sarah, who had “always been very reliable,” was no where to be found. Sarah’s body was… Continue reading 12-year-old abducted, sexually assaulted, stabbed, and strangled