Oklahoma

Robber killed during shootout, spends next 60 years as a carnival attraction and haunted house prop

October 7, 1911 Osage Hills, Oklahoma Bank robber Elmer McCurdy is killed during a shootout, his body eventually becoming a prop in a haunted house McCurdy and his gang intended to rob a train carrying a $400,000 (roughly $10.5 million in 2018) royalty payment to the Osage Nation, but they attacked the wrong train; the… Continue reading Robber killed during shootout, spends next 60 years as a carnival attraction and haunted house prop

Religion · Russia

Monk dies, leaves a remarkably well-preserved mummy

June 15, 1927 Buryatia, Siberia, Russia Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov, a Buryat Buddhist lama, dies at the age of 75 while meditating in the lotus position Itigilov's wishes were to be buried in the position in which he died, the lotus position he assumed during meditation. He was buried according to his wishes in a pine box… Continue reading Monk dies, leaves a remarkably well-preserved mummy

Disasters · International/Multi-national

Two men attempting to climb Everest fall to their deaths; one leaves behind a mummy

June 8, 1924 International border between Nepal and China George Herbert Leigh Mallory and companion Andrew "Sandy" Comyn Irvine die while scaling Mount Everest Mallory and Irvine were last seen about 800 vertical feet from the summit on June 8, 1924 before disappearing without a trace. It's suspected the men died either in the evening… Continue reading Two men attempting to climb Everest fall to their deaths; one leaves behind a mummy

Disasters · England

Franklin’s Lost Expedition, and the mummies it left behind

May 19, 1845 England The doomed Franklin Expedition begins its journey The expedition was intended to find the Northwest Passage, a sea route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans through the Arctic north of Canada. The map Sir John Franklin possessed was severely inaccurate and he believed the journey would take 3 years. With this… Continue reading Franklin’s Lost Expedition, and the mummies it left behind

Denmark

The remarkably well preserved of a 2300 mummy is found

May 6, 1950 Tollund, Denmark Two brothers find the body of a 2300 year old mummy The mummy, later dubbed the Tollund Man, was discovered in a peat bog as the brothers were cutting peat. Because the mummy was so well preserved, they initially believed the corpse to be a recently murdered person and informed… Continue reading The remarkably well preserved of a 2300 mummy is found