February 14, 1779 Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii Captain James Cook is killed Cook had decided to kidnap and random the King, Kalani'ōpu'u, in an attempt to repair his damaged ship. The king went willingly at first, until his people insisted he stay, making him realize Cook was an enemy. Cook was struck in the head with… Continue reading Death of Captain Cook
From The Daily Signal Published February 4, 1914 The article recounts a ghost dog from 1728 to 1730 that eventually began to talk, saying he had killed a man 35 years before and pointed out the remains of the murdered man.
February 3, 1780 Washington, Connecticut America's first mass murder is carried out by Barnett Davenport Davenport was only 19 when he used a swingle, a 2-foot-long wooden knife-like instrument with a blunt edge used to beat flax for linen production, to murder his benefactors and their 8-year-old granddaughter. He then stole any valuables the house… Continue reading America’s first mass murder
January 30, 1703 Japan The 47 Ronin avenge their master's death by demanding the official responsible for his death commit seppuku (ritual suicide). He refuses, and the Ronin behead him, thus restoring their honor
December 27, 1739 New Hampshire The first two people to be executed in New Hampshire, Sarah Simpson and Penelope Kenny, are hanged for the willful murder of their children The years leading to the executions and the murders that necessitated them, an illness (probably diphtheria) struck the area and saw a large portion of the… Continue reading First 2 people executed in New Hampshire, both women found guilty of killing their children