Algeria · Massacres/Mass Murder · Religion

1998 Algerian massacre

January 11, 1998 Sidi-Hamed, Algeria A group of suspected Islamic radicals kill between 120 and 400+ people Those responsible for the attack have not been confirmed, with speculation falling on groups wishing to prove the government has little to no power to protect its people, the Armed Islamic Group, or the Islamic Salvation Front. As… Continue reading 1998 Algerian massacre

Ecuador · Religion

Missionaries killed by spears in rain forest

January 8, 1956 Ecuador 5 Christian missionaries are attacked and killed by spear-wielding Huaorani tribesmen Ed McCully, Pete Fleming, and Jim Elliot (pictured left to right) as well as Nate Saint and Roger Youderian had previously visited the Huaorani tribe since September 1955, delivering gifts and were generally well-received. On January 6, small group of… Continue reading Missionaries killed by spears in rain forest

Italy · Religion

The martyrdom of St. Telemachus and the last gladiator match 

January 1, 404 Rome, Italy  The last gladiator match is held Telemachus, a Christian monk, halted a gladiator match. The crowd became furious and stoned the monk to death (an alternate story claims a gladiator killed him), but the Christian Emperor Honorius, moved by the monk's sacrifice, ended all gladiator matches from that time forward.… Continue reading The martyrdom of St. Telemachus and the last gladiator match 

Political · Religion · Russia

The eventual death of Rasputin, the mystic who was poisoned, shot 4 times, beaten, castrated, and drowned

December 30, 1916 Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire Rasputin, a Russian healer completely enrobed in mystery, dies. Eventually. A group of nobles, fearing Rasputin's growing power, recruited two assassins to deal with him. Attempting a sneakier, more passive approach, they gave Rasputin food and wine laced with cyanide. When the poison failed, he was shot at… Continue reading The eventual death of Rasputin, the mystic who was poisoned, shot 4 times, beaten, castrated, and drowned

Massacres/Mass Murder · Religion · Spain

The 1066 Granada Massacre

December 30, 1066 Granada, Spain A Muslim mob storms the royal palace, crucifying the Jewish vizier Joseph ibn Naghrela and massacring approximately 4,000 Jews Tensions were high in Granada between the Islamic and Jewish faiths, especially because the vizier Joseph ibn Naghrela was considered to be pulling the strings of the king who was reportedly… Continue reading The 1066 Granada Massacre