December 8, 1942 California The only caption accompanying this death reads "suicide." I could not find any further information regarding this man's identity, reason for suicide, or even his exact method of death.
December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii territory Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service fighters attack a US naval base with the belief the strike would send the US a message to not interfere with the Imperial Japanese's plans in Southeast Asia The 3-hour surprise attack claimed the lives of 2,335 American forces, injured 1,143, and caused… Continue reading Attack on Pearl Harbor
November 30, 1942 Los Angeles, California Francis O'Toole jumps from a window to his death after pleading guilty to the murder of his common-law wife O'Toole has shot his common-law wife, Lillian White, to death after an argument on September 27. The fatal fight, as well as many before it, broke out because, in O'Toole's… Continue reading Confessed murderer jumps to his death at fear of receiving a death penalty
November 28, 1942 Boston, Massachusetts A fire overtakes the Cocoanut Grove nightclub, killing 492 The club was packed beyond capacity, which was authorized to house 460 people at most. At some point during the night, a young man unscrewed a lightbulb in a corner of the nightclub to kiss his date with some privacy. A… Continue reading Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire
Famous Last Words Ernest Wishon Illinois November 26, 1943 (In a note left to the Warden:) "By my death, the state will gain nothing, while I will gain eternal life." Wishon, an alcoholic and former drug addict, killed an elderly jewelry store owner during a robbery. At his trial, the jury found him guilty but… Continue reading FLW: the state gains nothing while the executed gains eternal life