Massacres/Mass Murder

133 slaves thrown overboard to conserve water, collect insurance claims

November 29, 1781 Atlantic Ocean 133 slaves are murdered by being intentionally thrown overboard from the slave ship Zong transporting them At the time, it was common for slave traders to take out insurance on slaves as cargo. Sometime during the journey, it was noted the potable water supply was too low to safely reach… Continue reading 133 slaves thrown overboard to conserve water, collect insurance claims

Graves · Trinidad and Tobago

Grave of “a mother without knowing it, and a wife without letting her husband know it”

November 25, 1785 Trinidad and Tobago Betty Stiven dies at 23 years old, leaving a grave with an inscription that has puzzled many for centuries The inscription reads: "Beneath these walls are deposited the body of Mrs. Betty Stiven and her child. She was the beloved wife of Alex B Stiven. To the end of… Continue reading Grave of “a mother without knowing it, and a wife without letting her husband know it”

North Carolina

Death of Blackbeard the pirate

November 22, 1718 Ocracoke, Province of North Carolina Edward Teach, best known as Blackbeard, is killed in battle Blackbeard's ship had been overtaken by the Royal Navy led by Lieutenant Robert Maynard. The pirates were out-trained and slightly out-numbered and so were doomed from the start. After an intense fight between Blackbeard and Maynard, including… Continue reading Death of Blackbeard the pirate

Famous Last Words · Russia

FLW: autocrats and forgiveness

Famous Last Words Catherine II of Russia St. Petersburg, Russia November 17, 1796 "I shall be an autocrat: that's my trade. And the good Lord will forgive me: that's his." Other Last Words attributed to Catherine II were an exchanged with her physician who told her "Majesty, you must get well! The people need you!"… Continue reading FLW: autocrats and forgiveness