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  • 1963: Julian Grimau, the last casualty of the Spanish Civil War

    04/20/2024 8:19:06 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 17 replies ^ | April 20, 2014 | Headsman
    On this date in 1963, Francisco Franco’s government shot Communist agitator Julian Grimau. Grimau (English Wikipedia entry | Spanish), a member of the Communist Party of Spain‘s Central Committee since 1959, had fled to exile after escaping the end of the Spanish Civil War in 1939. But he in 1959 he took over the Communists’ activities within Spain itself, and began living underground in his old homeland. The Franco regime dearly wanted to take him. In November 1962, secret police arrested Grimau on a bus and hustled him to Madrid’s Puerta del Sol, where within hours Grimau met with that...
  • 1374: Tile von Damm, Braunschweig mayor

    04/19/2024 9:01:59 AM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 6 replies ^ | April 19, 2017 | Headsman
    On this date in 1374, mayor Tile von Damm was beheaded by rebel populares in his home city of Braunschweig (Brunswick). One of northern Europe’s great Hanseatic merchant cities, Braunschweig enjoyed a rich history of civic unrest — the Braunschweiger Schichten. (Literally shift, but also carrying the sense of rebellion.) The Great Rebellion in Braunschweig, by Alfred von Schüssler (mid-19th century). One of its most outstanding installments — the one recalled as the Große Schicht — kicked off on April 17, 1374. (Most of the information about this incident is in German, as are most of the links in this...
  • 1557: Thomas Losebie, Henrie Ramsey, Thomas Thirtell, Margaret Hide and Agnes Stanley

    04/12/2024 6:01:20 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 2 replies ^ | April 12, 2020 | Headsman
    The five ordinary Londoners pictured above had been snitched out by neighbors for shirking the Catholic Mass under Queen Mary — the offense that Protestants would call recusancy when the mitre was on the other bishop. They had the sturdiness one would attribute to men and women of the common clay, and also the theological unsophistication; our martyrology caveats of their interrogation that “some of them attributed the title and honour of a sacrament to the holy estate of matrimony” — the standard Anglican and also Lutheran position was that there were only two sacraments, baptism and eucharist — but...
  • Why It's Important for Americans to Understand Mexico

    02/16/2024 8:32:29 AM PST · by River Hawk · 28 replies
    Border Hawk Blog ^ | Feb. 15th, 2024 | Allan Wall
    Mexico is our next-door neighbor but it seems many Americans are not well-informed about it. Wrong and outdated impressions of Mexico affect our policymakers as well. This is particularly true regarding border and immigration policy. Americans think of Mexico as a poor country. And it is, compared to the United States. But Mexico is wealthier and has a higher standard of living than most countries in Latin America and Africa. There are, of course, many poor Mexicans. But doesn’t Mexico itself, with all its wealth, have a responsibility to help its own poor people? In the U.S., any meddling perpetrated...
  • 1828: William Dyon and John Dyon, all in the family

    04/02/2024 11:33:16 AM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 2 replies ^ | April 2, 2017 | Meaghan Good
    On this date in 1828, William Dyon, 45, and his son, John, 23, were hanged for the murder of William’s brother, who was also named John. The brothers had fallen out over their father’s inheritance; William Dyon Sr. had favored John’s family over William Jr.’s. Writing dramatically of the case in his book Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in Doncaster, Stephen Wade described the brothers as sons of a Lincolnshire farmer, and the two boys were so different that this tale almost attains a biblical resonance, with jealousy, brooding and resentment, and finally a deathly hatred that led one brother...
  • 1307: Murcod Ballagh, beheaded

    04/01/2024 12:29:43 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 4 replies ^ | April 1, 2015 | Headsman
    “In the yeare 1307 the first of Aprill,” Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland records, “Murcod Ballagh was beheaded neere to Merton by sir David Caunton knight.” First published in 1577, this document — heavily mined by Shakespeare for his histories — is silent as to the further particulars of the beheading. But the accompanying image depicting the execution surprisingly presents a guillotine-like device being employed for the task. s John Wilson Croker’s History of the Guillotine observes, this one illustration 270 years after the fact scarcely suffices to establish that a guillotine precursor really was in use in...
  • 2007: Six Bangladesh bombers

    03/30/2024 6:57:28 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 1 replies ^ | March 30, 2019 | Headsman
    Bangladesh on this date in 2007 hanged six Islamic militants* for a terrorist bombing wave two years prior. Several were agents of the terrorist organization Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh, notable for a headline-grabbing coordinated bombing on August 17, 2005 that saw hundreds of explosions throughout Bangladesh. That organization’s chief Shaykh Abdur Rahman was among those executed on March 30, 2007, as was “Bangla Bhai” (Siddique ul-Islam), the leader of the Al Qaeda-aligned Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB).
  • Developing: New York AG Letitia James Could Start Seizing President’s Property on Monday

    03/19/2024 3:02:18 PM PDT · by Macho MAGA Man · 273 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | March 19, 2024 | Jim Hoft
    AG Letitia James has warned she will start confiscating his wealth and property and selling it off. AG Letitia James told ABC. “If he does not have funds to pay off the judgement, then we will seek judgement enforcement mechanisms in court, and we will ask the judge to seize his assets,” James told ABC, according to the Daily Express and other outlets. “We are prepared to make sure that the judgment is paid to New Yorkers,” James said, “and yes, I look at 40 Wall Street each and every day,” she added, referring to a Trump-owned property near her...
  • 1601: Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex

    02/25/2024 8:20:43 AM PST · by CheshireTheCat · 3 replies ^ | February 25, 2015 | Headsman
    On this date in 1601, Queen Elizabeth’s last great favorite became the last man beheaded in the Tower of London. Vain and dashing Robert Devereux rolled into the royal court in 1584 around age 19 and immediately established himself as the new favorite of the monarch, 30-some years his senior. They spent long walks and late nights in enchanted private company, and Devereux “commeth not to his owne lodginge tyll the birdes singe in the morninge.” Ye olde walke of shayme. In becoming the (presumed) lover* of the aging Virgin Queen, the Earl of Essex was only following the family**...
  • 1942: The Laha Massacre

    02/20/2024 4:35:03 PM PST · by CheshireTheCat · 4 replies ^ | February 20, 2019 | Headsman
    On this date in 1942, 200-plus Australian and Dutch prisoners captured after the Battle of Ambon earlier that same year were summarily executed near Laha Airfield on present-day Maluku, Indonesia. It was the last and the largest of a series of POW executions in the days following the February 3 conclusion of the battle; collectively, they’re known as the Laha Massacre.* The individual incidents, timelines, and body counts of the several incidents are reported with a good deal of variance and conflation in the sites describing these horrible days, but the evening of February 20 as the consummating atrocity appears...
  • 1673: Kaelkompte and Keketamape, Albany milestones

    02/15/2024 4:49:56 PM PST · by CheshireTheCat · 2 replies ^ | February 15, 2015 | Headsman
    On this date in 1673, Indians named Kaelkompte and Keketamape were sentenced to hanging and gibbeting for the murder of an English soldier near Albany, New York. (The date this sentence was executed, if it was not immediate, has been lost to history.) This place had been known as Beverwijck up until a few years prior, when the English gave it its new and still-current christening* after taking it away New Netherland during the Second Anglo-Dutch War. The transition of its legal organs was a more gradual process — with a long survival of Dutch practices upon which the English...
  • 1951: The first four of the Martinsville seven

    02/02/2024 4:36:34 PM PST · by CheshireTheCat · 4 replies ^ | February 2, 2012 | Headsman
    On this date in 1951, the first of two batches comprising the “Martinsville Seven” — black, all — went to the Virginia electric chair for gang-raping a white woman. (The remainder were executed on Feb. 5) Somewhat forgotten today, the Martinsville Seven were in their day the locus of radical activism against Jim Crow in the South — very much like Willie McGee, who was put to death in Louisiana later that same year. In fact, this case generated a bit of a legal milestone: a month before the executions began, the U.S. Supreme Court declined an appeal seeking relief...
  • 1661: Oliver Cromwell, posthumously

    01/30/2024 4:22:36 PM PST · by CheshireTheCat · 26 replies ^ | January 30, 2009 | Headsman
    On this anniversary date of King Charles I’s beheading, the two-years-dead corpse of the late Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell was hung in chains at Tyburn and then beheaded, along with the bodies of John Bradshaw and Henry Ireton. The great-great-grandnephew of ruthless Tudor pol Thomas Cromwell rose higher than any English commoner, high enough to be offered the very crown he had struck off at Whitehall. Oliver Cromwell declined it in sweeping Puritan rhetoric just as if he hadn’t spent weeks agonizing over whether to take it. “I would not seek to set up that which Providence hath destroyed and...
  • Are People Finally Waking Up on Vaccines?

    01/08/2024 5:56:12 PM PST · by davikkm · 25 replies
    A recent article in Epoch Times (which is basically US gov. sponsored propaganda) caught my attention. The more you look into vaccines, the more you uncover the truth. They never worked. The massive improvement in sanitation starting at the beginning of the 20th century in the developed world helped eradicate smallpox, not the vaccine. Even the CDC quietly admits this.
  • 1946: William Joyce, Lord Haw-Haw

    01/03/2024 10:42:18 AM PST · by CheshireTheCat · 19 replies ^ | January 3rd, 2009 | Headsman
    On this date in 1946, fascist William Joyce, famous by the nickname “Lord Haw-Haw” for his English-language Nazi propaganda broadcasts, was hanged at Wandsworth Prison for treason. As a pugilistic young anti-Semite with the unusual credential of being a Unionist Irish Catholic, Joyce had been a moving spirit in the interwar British fascist party. (Since audio broadcasts would define Joyce’s life, it seems appropriate to refer the reader for a fuller biography to this recent Oxford biography podcast.) But because time loves a good laugh, it had the guy haranguing his countrymen for insufficient patriotism marked out for the last...
  • 2009: Zhang Yujun and Geng Jinping, for tainted milk

    11/24/2023 4:53:46 PM PST · by CheshireTheCat · 12 replies ^ | November 24th, 2010 | Meaghan Good
    On this day in 2009, Chinese citizens Zhang Yujun and Geng Jinping were shot to death in connection with China’s tainted milk scandal. The affair caused some 300,000 infants to became sick, six of them fatally. They were killed by powdered milk tainted with melamine, an industrial chemical used in plastics and fertilizer. Zhang, a dairy farmer from the province of Hebei, sold hundreds of tons of tainted milk powder in 2007 and 2008; he was the largest supplier. Geng supplied toxic milk to dairy companies. The scandal was stupendous and made headlines all over the world. According to Time...
  • 1949: Husni al-Za’im, Syrian president

    09/14/2023 1:56:45 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 1 replies ^ | August 14th, 2011 | Headsman
    On this date in 1949, Syrian President Husni al-Za’im and his Prime Minister Mohsen Berazi were seized in a military coup, conducted to a court martial, and immediately put to death. An ethnic Kurd, al-Za’im had cut his teeth in the armed forces of two different empires — the Ottoman and the French — before Syria attained independence following World War II. The ambitious al-Za’im had got out from under a Vichy-era prison sentence for corruption and established himself as army chief of staff in time for the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. Syrian forces’ underwhelming performance in this campaign set the...
  • Nextrush Unplugged Weekend: Uranium Shells In Ukraine Its..., China Fights Back, The Pinochet Way, Israel Lights The Backfire

    09/09/2023 10:29:09 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 7 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 9/9/2023 | Nextrush/Self
    Welcome to Your Weekend. Your Anchorman as El Rushbo put it indeed. Your Anchorman for these times El Rushbo spoke being on the: "Cutting Edge Of Societal Evolution" Sometimes as I see things going on all around us and also when I'm out being the clean-up guy outdoors it comes off as being on the: "Cutting Edge Of Societal Collapse"... Mitt Romney the Republican Senator from Utah Richard Blumenthal the Democrat Senator from Connecticut both of them touting the notion that Americans aren't dying in Ukraine... The warfare the US government and allied nations are waging against Russia and China...
  • Ruby Keeler - A Pro-Eisenhower Babe Who Worked Hard For Success In Tougher Times Than Now

    08/24/2023 8:47:34 PM PDT · by Ozguy1945 · 16 replies ^ | 25th August, 2023, Nova Scotia time | Ozguy1945
    Ruby Keeler was born into a catholic family in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, on this date in 1909. She worked hard in tough times: "Dancing in speakeasies was a job, and none of us knew for sure who were gangsters. No one told us, so how could we know? My mother used to come and take me home. We thought nothing of walking home together at two in the morning." She supported Eisenhower's campaign in 1952. In the movie “Dames”, Ruby Keeler’s character Barbara Hemingway said, “I’m free, white, and 21. I love to dance AND I’m going to dance.” Those...
  • 1922: Joseph O’Sullivan and Reginald Dunne, helping spark the Irish Civil War

    08/10/2023 7:09:29 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 8 replies ^ | August 10th, 2009 | Headsman
    On December 1921 at 22 Hans Place in Knightsbridge, a treaty was signed between a provisional Irish Government and the British to create what was called the Irish Free State. However only six months later, a few hundred yards away in Eaton Place, an assassination occurred, the reverberations of which could be said to have helped start the Irish Civil War in 1922. At around midday of 22 June 1922, Field-Marshall Sir Henry Wilson unveiled a war memorial at Liverpool Street Station. He made a speech, quoted some relevant Kipling poetry and soon after returned by taxi to his home...