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

Executions · Germany · Religion

9-year-old burned at the stake for intercourse with the Devil

May 9, 1628 Würzburg, Germany Johann Bernhard Reichardt, a 9-year-old boy, is burned at the stake with 4 others for being a witch The boy was suspected by his father to have been involved with witchcraft. He was questioned and confessed to have been "seduce into witchcraft," denied God, flew to Satanic dances, and engaged… Continue reading 9-year-old burned at the stake for intercourse with the Devil

Executions · Netherlands

Teenager executed for death of landlady, her corpse sketched by Rembrandt

May 2, 1664 Amsterdam, Netherlands Teenaged killer Elsje Christiaens is executed, then sketched by Rembrandt Christiaens murder was seemingly more self-defense resulting in manslaughter than malicious intent. She had taken up a room while looking for a job as a servant girl, but two weeks later she was still unemployed and her landlady demanded rent.… Continue reading Teenager executed for death of landlady, her corpse sketched by Rembrandt

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