Add Your Piece of History… 23rd May

23 May
  • On this day in 1430.  Joan of Arc was captured at Compiegne, northern France and sold to the British.
  • On this day in 1701.  After being convicted of piracy and of murdering William Moore, Captain William Kidd was hanged in London. William Kidd was born in Scotland in 1654.  William Kidd started out as a privateer, hired by European royals to attack foreign ships. When his crew insisted on attacking the Quadegh Merchant, Kidd found himself on the wrong side of the British government. He was hanged in London in 1701, as a warning to other pirates. Legends exist about Captain Kidd and the treasure some believe he buried in the Caribbean, and he remains one of history’s most famous and fascinating pirates.
  • On this day in 1934.  Notorious US Robbers, Bonnie and Clyde, were ambushed and killed.  Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were gunned down with over 100 rounds of ammunition by police in Black Lake, Louisiana.

Please feel free to add your piece of history (something personal or just general history).

English: snapshot by unknown photographer of s...

Spot where Bonnie & Clyde were ambushed, 5/23/34 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, somet...

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, sometime between 1932 and 1934, when their exploits in Arkansas included murder, robbery, and kidnapping. Contrary to popular belief the two never married. They were in a long standing relationship. Posing in front of an early 1930s Ford V-8 automobile. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Captain William Kidd, privateer turned pirate,...

Captain William Kidd, privateer turned pirate, whom all colonial governors were directed to seize if found (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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