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…

The Lisbon Massacre

April 21, 1506 Lisbon, Portugal The three-day Lisbon Massacre comes to an end Nine years before the massacre, the Jews in the area were forced to convert to Catholicism. The recently converted Jews were called New Christians, showing that though they were among the Catholic faith, they were still separate. The massacre is said to…

Raphael, allegedly dead from too much sex

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…

The last Aztec emperor executed

February 28, 1525 Acalan (modern day Campeche, Mexico) Cuauhtémoc, the last Aztec emperor, is executed Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés, took Cuauhtémoc prisoner after Cuauhtémoc's surrender, but held him in high regards and treated him well (according to Spanish records), until the conquistadors did not find the treasures they were expecting. Cuauhtémoc was tortured in an…