TODAY IN HISTORY…
THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS FIRST EXECUTION
On June 10, 1692, Bridget Bishop of Salem was hanged for “certaine Detestable Arts called Witchcraft and Sorceries”. She will be the first of 20 people (14 women, 5 men, and a young girl) executed during the Salem Witch Hysteria that lasted from 1692-1693.
While the true nature of the symptoms and causes of those claiming to be bewitched has been studied and up for debate for many years, this remains one of the hallmark examples of mass hysteria in Colonial America and the world and as such has become the subject of many media interpretations and intense speculation for over 300 years.
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