Japan · Political

Samurai beheaded, turns to vengeful spirit in form of a flying severed head

March 25, 940 Japan Samurai Taira no Masakado is beheaded in battle by his cousin Masakado has led a small rebellion against the emperor. During that time, he killed his uncle Kunika, earning him a bounty on his head. His cousin, son of the uncle he killed, killed Masakado at the Battle of Kojima, severed… Continue reading Samurai beheaded, turns to vengeful spirit in form of a flying severed head

Executions · Famous Last Words · France · Political · Religion

FLW: cursing the king and the pope before being burned at the stake

Famous Last Words Jacques de Molay Paris, France March 18, 1314 “Let evil swiftly befall those who have wrongly condemned us - God will avenge us.” Molay (sometimes spelt Molai) was the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar. His execution was the result of a long path between the King of France and the… Continue reading FLW: cursing the king and the pope before being burned at the stake

Religion · Turkey

10,000 Christians beheaded for their faith (303 AD)

March 18, c. 303 Nicomedia, Bithynia (now İzmit, Turkey) 10,000 Christians are beheaded The exact date of the martyrdom of the Christians is unknown as it was over 1700 years ago and likely took place over a large span of time. However, the Roman Martyrology commemorates March 18 stating, “At Nicomedia ten thousand holy martyrs… Continue reading 10,000 Christians beheaded for their faith (303 AD)

England · Massacres/Mass Murder · Racially Motivated · Religion

1190 Jewish Massacre

March 16, 1190 York, England Approximately 150 Jews, the entire Jewish population of York, are murdered or commit suicide The 12th Century in Western Europe was particularly unkind to the Jews, partially due to the Crusades. Additionally, local men of wealth who owed the Jewish money-lenders large sums of money tried to stir tension with… Continue reading 1190 Jewish Massacre