February 12, 1993 Liverpool, England 2-year-old James Bulger is killed by 2 boys WARNING: the events depicted in this article are graphic in nature. Two 10-year-olds, who had skipped school, decided to hurt a younger child. Their original intent was to find someone to push into oncoming traffic, but they ended up straying from that… Continue reading Toddler beaten to death by 2 children
February 12, 1554 London, England Lady Jane Grey is executed for treason As King Edward VI lay dying at the age of 15, he nominated his first cousin, Lady Jane Grey, as his successor. However, the Third Succession Act would require his half sisters, Mary I or Elizabeth I, take the Crown instead. Jane was… Continue reading The execution of Lady Jane Grey
February 10, 1355 Oxford, England St. Scholastica's Day Riot In 1355 (depicted here with the incorrect date of 1354), a group of students from Oxford irritated a tavern owner when they remarked their beer was of poor quality. The landlord of the tavern was the town Mayor, and retorted with "stubborn and saucie language." The… Continue reading Two-day riot sparked after beer insulted
February 9, 1555 Gloucester, England Bishop of Gloucester John Hooper is burned at the stake for heresy during Queen Mary I's rule Mary, a Catholic, persecuted and executed so many Protestants she earned the nickname "Bloody Mary" after her death.
February 8, 1587 Northamptonshire, England Mary Queen of Scots is beheaded for treason Mary had been suspected to be a part of a murder plot against Queen Elizabeth, taken to trial, and convicted of conspiracy and treason. She went to her death firmly believing she was being martyred (she wore a bright red gown, a… Continue reading Mary Queen of Scots’ execution