Executions · Japan

Teenaged arsonist burned at the stake

March 29, 1683 Suzugamori execution grounds, near Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan Would-be arsonist Yaoya Oshichi is executed for attempting to light a fire hoping to see a man she had met during a previous fire Oshichi, a 16-year-old-girl, met a temple page during a fire at the family temple the year before. Hoping to meet… Continue reading Teenaged arsonist burned at the stake

France

Conductor dies of gangrene after wounding own foot with conducting staff

March 22, 1687 Paris, France Conductor Jean-Baptiste Lully dies of gangrene after wounding his own foot while conducting Lully’s misfortune happened as he conducted a Te Deum, a hymn of praise, performed to celebrate the Louis XIV’s recent recovery from an illness. At the time, conductors did not wave a baton in the air to… Continue reading Conductor dies of gangrene after wounding own foot with conducting staff

Executions · Newspaper clippings

A descriptive recount of two deaths in the wheel

March 22, 1686 General Patrick Gordon describes the horrors he witnessed in Hamburg of two broken at the wheel, a torture device prevalent at the time A portion of the entry reads "This day, a man and a woman, a burger of the towne being the womans master, for murthering, were carted from the prisone… Continue reading A descriptive recount of two deaths in the wheel

Disasters · Italy

Mount Etna Eruption of 1669

March 11, 1669 Sicily, Italy An eruption at Mount Etna decimates villages near its base, killing somewhere between 0 to 20,000 people The eruption was the worst in recorded history since 122 BC, and destroyed the many villages at its base. Even though the villagers knew the volcano was active, the frequent, small eruptions created… Continue reading Mount Etna Eruption of 1669

Massachusetts · Religion

Beginning of the Salem Witch Trials

March 1, 1692 Salem, Massachusetts The Salem Witch Trials officially begin as Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne, and Tituba are brought before the magistrate By the end of the trials, 20 people would be executed; 14 of whom were women, and all but one were hanged. (The one exception was a man who was crushed beneath… Continue reading Beginning of the Salem Witch Trials