England · Political

Guy Fawkes found trying to destroy Parliament

November 5, 1605 London, England Guy Fawkes of the “gunpowder plot” is discovered before he can explode multiple barrels of gunpowder in the House of Lords, a plot created with the hopes of bringing greater religious tolerance for Catholics in England The reigning monarch at the time was King James I, who orchestrated an English… Continue reading Guy Fawkes found trying to destroy Parliament

Executions · Germany · Religion

Family tortured, burned at stake

July 29, 1600 Bavaria, Germany The Pappenheimer family is accused of witchcraft, tortured extensively, and burned at the stake The 17th century was not a kind time to any accused of witchcraft, but the Pappenheimers stand out for the amount of detail in their torture and deaths that have survived the centuries. Anna, the family… Continue reading Family tortured, burned at stake

Executions · Massachusetts · Religion

Salem Witch Trials: Elderly woman hanged

July 19, 1692 Salem Village, Province of Massachusetts Bay (modern day Danvers, Massachusetts) Susannah Martin (70) is hanged for the supposed crime of witchcraft Martin had already been accused of being a witch twice before, once in either 1660 or 1661, and again in 1669. According to A Laughing Witch: Hanging Susanna Martin by C.… Continue reading Salem Witch Trials: Elderly woman hanged

England · Executions · Famous Last Words · Political

FLW: don’t hack me

Famous Last Words James Scott, Duke of Monmouth London, England July 15, 1685 “Do not hack me as you did my lord Russell.” Monmouth was executed for treason after leading an unsuccessful rebellion against his uncle, King James II & VII (second of England and Ireland, seventh of Scotland). Monmouth was called the illegitimate son… Continue reading FLW: don’t hack me

China · Massacres/Mass Murder · Political

The Yangzhou massacre, as many as 800,000 victims

May 20, 1645 Yangzhou, China The 10-day Yangzhou massacre begins, resulting in a death toll as high as 800,000 The Yangzhou area was loyal to the Ming empire, and when the Qing dynasty took hold soldiers eliminated potential threats, inflicted punishment for resisting the new dynasty, and made a public example out of the city.… Continue reading The Yangzhou massacre, as many as 800,000 victims