May 12, 304 Italy Saint Pancras (also spelled Pancratius), a 14-year-old Roman citizen who converted to Christianity, is beheaded for his refusal to convert back from Christianity Pancras’ mother died in childbirth and his father died when Pancras was 8, and so he was adopted by his uncle. When his uncle converted to Christianity, so… Continue reading Teenaged Christian beheaded for his faith (304 AD)
April 28, 1945 Giulino di Mezzegra, Kingdom of Italy Italian fascist dictator, Benito Mussolini, is executed with a group of his followers and put on public display Mussolini, knowing the end of his reign was at hand, attempted to flee Italy into Switzerland. With him were his mistress and 3 other male followers. Their vehicle… Continue reading Benito Mussolini’s execution
April 21, 753 BC (traditional date) Rome, Italy Romulus founds the city of Rome, kills his twin brother for making fun of it, then names the city after himself According to tradition, Romulus and his twin brother Remus were born to a Vestal Virgin/daughter of a king and the war god Mars. Her brother, fearing… Continue reading The founder of Rome kills his twin brother for mocking the city
April 7, 1906 Italy Mount Vesuvius erupts, killing more than 100 people Though the volcano is most notorious for its impact on Pompeii, this eruption produced the most amount of lava in the volcano’s history. Because of the eruption, the Italian government was forced to allow the 1908 Summer Olympics to be relocated to London.
April 6, 1520 Rome, Papal States Artist and architect Raphael dies at 37, allegedly from too much sex Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, better known as Raphael, had been somewhat known for having several lovers. His friend, a Cardinal, persuaded Raphael to take the Cardinal's niece as his wife, though it was evident Raphael was not… Continue reading Raphael, allegedly dead from too much sex