Kansas · Massacres/Mass Murder · Political

The Potawatomi Massacre: 5 pro-slavery men killed by abolitionists

May 24, 1856 Franklin County, Kansas John Brown, 4 of his sons, and 2 accomplices (one of whom later claimed to have been forced to assist) kill 5 pro-slavery men with broadswords and guns in retaliation following a pro-slavery attack against abolitionists Prior to the Potawatomi Massacre, a group led by a sheriff and containing… Continue reading The Potawatomi Massacre: 5 pro-slavery men killed by abolitionists

England · Political

Soldier murdered in retaliation for Britain attacks on Islamic countries

May 22, 2013 Woolwich, London, England Two men stab and hack British army soldier Lee Rigby in retaliation for attacks by British armed forces in Islamic countries The attackers, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, ran Rigby down with their vehicle, stabbed and hacked him with a knife and cleaver, and dragged his body into the… Continue reading Soldier murdered in retaliation for Britain attacks on Islamic countries

China · Massacres/Mass Murder · Political

The Yangzhou massacre, as many as 800,000 victims

May 20, 1645 Yangzhou, China The 10-day Yangzhou massacre begins, resulting in a death toll as high as 800,000 The Yangzhou area was loyal to the Ming empire, and when the Qing dynasty took hold soldiers eliminated potential threats, inflicted punishment for resisting the new dynasty, and made a public example out of the city.… Continue reading The Yangzhou massacre, as many as 800,000 victims

England · Executions · Political

The execution of Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn

May 19, 1536 London, England Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII, is executed for treason, incest, and adultery Henry secretly married Anne before his annulment to his first wife, Catherine, was official. Anne bore Henry a daughter, future queen Elizabeth I, though Henry was hoping for a male heir. Anne became pregnant three more… Continue reading The execution of Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn

Executions · Germany · Political

Man executed for two failed assassination attempts on Hitler

May 14, 1941 Berlin, Germany 25-year-old Swiss theology student, Maurice Bavaud, is guillotined for an assassination attempt on Hitler Bavaud tried unsuccessfully twice to get near Hitler. His first attempt involved him impersonating a Swiss reporter to get closer to Hitler. This attempt failed after Hitler surrounded himself with other Nazi leaders whom Bavaud did… Continue reading Man executed for two failed assassination attempts on Hitler