New York

“The light has gone out of my life”

February 14, 1884 New York Teddy Roosevelt laments in his diary the passing of his mother and wife within hours of each other Roosevelt held his wife as she passed away 36 hours after the birth of their daughter from undiagnosed Bright's disease, a kidney disease; she was just 22-years-old. Earlier the same day, his… Continue reading “The light has gone out of my life”

Famous Last Words · Portugal

FLW: why did I do that?

Famous Last Words Sir William Erskine, 2nd Baronet Lisbon, Portugal February 13, 1813 "Now why did I do that?" Erskine had recently been relieved of his position in the British Army, being cashiered (ceremoniously disgracing of a military official by physically stripping them of medals, insignias, swords, and other status symbols and destroying them) after… Continue reading FLW: why did I do that?

India · Newspaper clippings

Clipping: man goes on ax-wielding rampage after wife has affair with son-in-law

From the Chicago Daily Tribune Published February 13, 1873 A man went on a murderous ax-wielding rampage after suspecting his wife was cheating in him with his son-in-law. His first of many victims was his own daughter who "with a stroke of the chopper he knocked her scalp clean off, so that the whole of… Continue reading Clipping: man goes on ax-wielding rampage after wife has affair with son-in-law

Momento Mori and Post-mortem Photography · Wisconsin

Momento mori: quintuplet brothers

February 13, 1875 Watertown, Wisconsin America's first set of quintuplets are born, though the children, all boys, die within hours of birth The five boys had shared a single placenta and collectively weighed roughly 10 pounds. They all seemed fully developed despite each living no more than a few hours and one being stillborn. The… Continue reading Momento mori: quintuplet brothers

France · Political

Anarchist detonates bomb to strike at the wealthy

February 12, 1894 Paris, France  Émile Henry detonated a bomb in a French café, killing one and wounding 20 Henry, an anarchist, was avenging the execution of another anarchist Auguste Vaillant. Henry selected the Café Terminus for his bombing, feeling it represented the bourgeoisie (those in high society and with vast wealth) and intended to… Continue reading Anarchist detonates bomb to strike at the wealthy