Italy · Massacres/Mass Murder · Political

The Sant’Anna di Stazzema massacre

August 12, 1944 Sant'Anna di Stazzema, Tuscany, Italy Nazis murder 560 locals and refugees, including 130 children In the span of 3 hours, the 16th SS Panzergrenadier Division rounded up all locals, locking them in barns or stables. They then took groups of captives to shoot with machine guns or at point-blank range, or brought… Continue reading The Sant’Anna di Stazzema massacre

England · Executions · Serial Killers

Execution of Acid Bath Murder John George Haigh

August 10, 1949 Wandsworth, London, England Serial killer and “Acid Bath Murderer” John George Haigh is executed Haigh had been a career criminal, specializing in fraud. After many stints in prison for fraud, Haigh determined the reason he was caught often was because he left his victims alive. While serving time, he experimented with dissolving… Continue reading Execution of Acid Bath Murder John George Haigh

Japan

The Fat Man atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki

August 9, 1945 Nagasaki, Japan The Fat Man, the second of two atomic bombs, is dropped on Japan Though Nagasaki had been home to a major naval fleet during the late 1800s and early 1900s, it was largely populated by civilians during WWII. At the time the bomb fell, 250,000 of the 263,000 in Nagasaki… Continue reading The Fat Man atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki

Japan · Political

The “Little Boy” atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima

August 6, 1945 Hiroshima, Japan The first of two atomic bombs are dropped on Japan The "Little Boy" exploded in Hiroshima which was the headquarters for the 2nd General Army and the Chugoku Regional Army. The bomb's blast killed approximately 70,000 people (roughly 20,000 Japanese military personnel, 20,000 Korean slave laborers, and 30,000 civilians). By… Continue reading The “Little Boy” atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima

California

Man murdered, crime blamed on “gang” with no evidence against them (1942)

August 2, 1942 Los Angeles, California 22-year-old José Gallardo Díaz is found unconscious and dying, indirectly sparking the Zoot Suit Riots Díaz was found beaten, stabbed, and unconscious by a group attempting to move their vehicle from a ditch. He was taken to a hospital but died the same day, never regaining consciousness. The coroner… Continue reading Man murdered, crime blamed on “gang” with no evidence against them (1942)