In this bonus episode of Dear World, Love History, we are joined by Peter Laning for the very first episode in our ‘What does history mean to you?’ miniseries.
On June 10, 1692 Bridget Bishop was hanged on Gallows Hill. Six days later, Dr. Roger Toothaker also died. Roger hadn’t even had his trial yet. He didn’t survive Boston jail. At the end of June, the Court of Oyer and Terminer got back to work.
Unlike the Salem trials, the witch hunts of Europe, Scotland, and England ended with thousands dead. The worst of the worst definitely took place in Europe. Between 1400 and 1775, about 50,000 people lost their lives. Twice that number were accused and put on trial.
Officially known as the Whitechapel Murders, the file is made up of eleven different victims, all women. Five of these murders are known as the Canonical Five, aka the five women considered victims of Jack the Ripper. The rest of them are a big question mark.
The murder of 11 people was complete. All that was left for Yakov Yurovksy and his men to do was take the bodies into Koptyaki Forest and get rid of them.
As with any war, nurses and doctors were needed to take care of the wounded. The government decided around 10,000 nurses should fit the bill. Since so many nurses were needed, women were sped through the training process.
The October Manifesto was signed on October 30, 1905. The Russian people were thrilled, Nicholas wasn’t. The October Manifesto was a blow to his autocratic power. Now the people could have a Duma, an elected body they put into office. For the first time, people could say what they wanted without being beaten or arrested. But, there were also people who opposed the Manifesto.
The mourning period for Alexander III is finally over, and now the young Tsar and Tsaritsa can finally be crowned in May 1896. Olga is six months old at this point, but while mom and dad were on their way to Moscow for their coronation, little Olga was left behind.
The Romanov family had ruled Russia for almost 300 years. And like many monarchs before the Romanovs, they believed that it was God who gave them the power to rule Russia. The Divine Right to Rule as it was called, the Divine Right of Kings. St. Petersburg was, for centuries, the seat of the Tsar of Russia. From here, the Tsar ruled over 130 million people from all different backgrounds.