Russia

Ivan the Terrible beats his daughter-in-law causing a miscarriage then fatally wounds his son

November 16, 1581 Alexandrov, Russia Ivan the Terrible fatally beats his son Ivan Ivanovich Ivan the Terrible had hoped for an heir to be born to his son (also named Ivan) quickly, and when his first daughter-in-law failed to conceive quickly, he had her sent to a convent. The same fate befell his second daughter-in-law… Continue reading Ivan the Terrible beats his daughter-in-law causing a miscarriage then fatally wounds his son

Italy

Composer murders wife, her lover, his infant son, and nanny in jealousy (1590)

October 16, 1590 Naples, Italy Composer Carlos Gesualdo kills his wife, her lover, his infant son, and a nanny in jealous revenge After fathering several children, Gesualdo apparently lost interest in sex but his wife did not. She took a paramour and Gesualdo, wanting to catch the two in the act, pretended to leave to… Continue reading Composer murders wife, her lover, his infant son, and nanny in jealousy (1590)

Belgium · Executions · Famous Last Words · Religion

English scholar and Bible translator executed

October 6, 1536 Near Vilvoorde, Duchy of Brabant, Seventeen Provinces (modern day Belgium) William Tyndale is executed for speaking out against the Catholic Church's rule over England Tyndale, a Protestant, had translated the Bible in English using Hebrew and Greek texts (which became the basis of the King James Bible) and had done so to… Continue reading English scholar and Bible translator executed

Executions · Famous Last Words · Religion · Scotland

Reverend hanged for murder of wife

October 4, 1570 Spott, Scotland Rev. John Kello is hanged for the murder of his wife Rev. Kello's finances from the church were not enough to keep himself in a status he desired, nor were they enough to keep his mistress happy. He decided the best course of action would be to kill his wife,… Continue reading Reverend hanged for murder of wife

England · Graves

An actor and a playwright duel

September 22, 1598 Hoxton, London, England Actor Gabriel Spencer (also spelled as Spenser) is killed in a duel with playwright Ben Johnson Though no records are currently known to exist stating the reason for the duel, Johnson claimed Spencer had initiated the duel and that the approximately 19-year-old Spencer was equipped with a longer sword.… Continue reading An actor and a playwright duel