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Executed Today offers "each day the story of an historical execution that took place on this date, and the story behind it."
posted by Knappster (19 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite

 
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posted by pompomtom at 10:11 PM on August 12, 2008 [2 favorites]


I've only read today's entry but if this is typical of the quality, then this is definitely a site to bookmark. Thanks for posting.
posted by pandaharma at 10:23 PM on August 12, 2008


"Quite accidentally, the senseless destruction this day of a respectable veteran helped set the put-upon gay underground upon its long march towards mainstream acceptance."

Why is it that stupid rules only get seriously questioned when respectable people fall victim to them?
posted by Pseudology at 10:34 PM on August 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


Why is it that stupid rules only get seriously questioned when respectable people fall victim to them?

Otherwise, every rule would get questioned all the time and we wouldn't have much time to get anything done. Great if you are a philosopher, not so good if you just want to get some lunch.
posted by b1tr0t at 10:36 PM on August 12, 2008


Why is it that stupid rules only get seriously questioned when respectable people fall victim to them?

Sorry this just reeks of when my old school had an expulsion policy for smoking pot and they only decided to change this rule when they were forced to expel their highest GPA student who was also captain of the rowing team.
posted by Pseudology at 10:49 PM on August 12, 2008


Certainly a worthy project.

I was curious who might be the Christmas Day representative. None other than Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu, The "Genius of the Carpathians" and his wife. I guess they don't always go with a sympathetic example.
posted by longsleeves at 11:35 PM on August 12, 2008


Interesting stories. I had never heard of the word 'pelf'.
posted by tellurian at 11:40 PM on August 12, 2008


Extraordinary list. Thanks for the link.
I was glad they hadn't yet reached September in their archives. I wanted but not wanted to read about an execution on my birthday.
posted by Kerasia at 5:07 AM on August 13, 2008


Every one I've looked at was British.
posted by Goofyy at 5:31 AM on August 13, 2008


I had never heard of the word 'pelf'.

It occurs memorably in Patrick Leigh Fermor's Between Wind and Water when he falls in with a young German who has taught himself English by reading Shakespeare. He advises our hero to avoid certain women "for they desire only pelf".
posted by IndigoJones at 5:34 AM on August 13, 2008


Indigo: I also know it from Apemantus's Grace in Timon of Athens.

"Immortal God, I crave no pelf
I pray for no man but myself,
Grant I may never prove so fond
To trust man on his oath or bond,
Or a harlot for her weeping
Or a dog that seems a-sleeping.
Amen."
posted by athenian at 5:44 AM on August 13, 2008


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for Captain Henry Nicholas Nicholls.
posted by jb at 5:46 AM on August 13, 2008


It was possible, for a time, to take the London Underground to a public hanging.
posted by StickyCarpet at 6:56 AM on August 13, 2008


This provides just the bracing start to the day I've been looking for.
posted by Phanx at 7:48 AM on August 13, 2008


I was glad they hadn't yet reached September in their archives.
Is it September 11? I propose Beatrice Cenci for 'planned patricide'. It would be the first in the category. 'Planned' after her father imprisoned and raped her. Pope Clement VIII did her in.
posted by tellurian at 8:44 AM on August 13, 2008


I look forward to the day when 'Executed Today' can only report ancient history.
posted by tellurian at 9:01 AM on August 13, 2008


The entry for my birthday was a great read. A terrific find. Thanks for the post.
posted by GalaxieFiveHundred at 10:32 AM on August 13, 2008


History teachers take note: this is how to get students to pay attention! Thanks for the think.
posted by up in the old hotel at 12:30 PM on August 13, 2008


Indigo: I also know it from Apemantus's Grace in Timon of Athens.

"Immortal God, I crave no pelf


On further reflection, I believe the young German did say crave.

Good work!
posted by IndigoJones at 8:52 AM on September 5, 2008


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