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

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

Disasters · England

Franklin’s Lost Expedition, and the mummies it left behind

May 19, 1845 England The doomed Franklin Expedition begins its journey The expedition was intended to find the Northwest Passage, a sea route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans through the Arctic north of Canada. The map Sir John Franklin possessed was severely inaccurate and he believed the journey would take 3 years. With this… Continue reading Franklin’s Lost Expedition, and the mummies it left behind

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Man kidnaps, rapes, bashes toddler against wall

May 15, 1948 Blackburn, Lancashire, England 3-year-old June Anne Devaney is kidnapped, raped, and beaten against a wall June was recovering from pneumonia in the hospital when she was abducted. In the early morning hours, a nurse making her rounds noticed the child was missing. Her body was discovered by police a couple hours later.… Continue reading Man kidnaps, rapes, bashes toddler against wall

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The first conviction in UK based on fingerprint evidence

May 5, 1905 London, England The Stratton brothers' trial begins, known today as the first defendants convicted in Great Britain based on fingerprint evidence Albert and Alfred Stratton, wearing masks made of woolen stockings (pictured), somehow convinced store owner Thomas Farrow (71) to let them in, demonstrated in court by the lack of any forced… Continue reading The first conviction in UK based on fingerprint evidence