FLW: accepts his death, but not the manner

Famous Last Words Major John André Tappan, New York October 2, 1780 “I am reconciled to my death, but I detest the mode.” Maj. André was hanged for as a spy for assisting Major General Benedict Arnold in his attempt to surrender to the British. He requested to be executed by firing squad, believing it…

Lightning strike armory, destroys most of fort

September 16, 1732 Campo Maior, Portugal Lightning strikes an armory, igniting gunpowder and causing an explosion which kills roughly 1,500 The lightning strike occurred at 3 a.m., hitting the 6,000 arroba (approx. 194,315 lbs. or 88,140 kg) of gunpowder and 5,000 units of ammunition stored within the fort’s armory. The explosion and resulting fires killed…

FLW: his first time being beheaded

Famous Last Words Alexander Blackwell Sweden July 29, 1747 Blackwell, a Scottish-born adventurer, was executed for conspiracy in Sweden, accused of attempting to tamper with the Swedish line of succession. He proclaimed his innocence on the scaffold then laid his head the wrong way on the chopping block. When his error was pointed out he…