When I'm not busy selling houses in San Jose, Cupertino and Santa Clara, Calif., I enjoy learning new facts from history. Here are three terrific tales from this date in history, August 19, courtesy of Wikipedia.
- 295 BC – The first temple honoring Venus, the Roman goddess of love, beauty and fertility, is dedicated by Quintus Fabius Maximus Gurges.
- 1612 – The "Samlesbury witches", three women from the Lancashire village of Samlesbury, England, are put on trial and accused of practicing witchcraft, one of the most famous witch trials in British history.
- 1692 – Eighty years later, the Salem witch trials begin. In Salem, Province of Massachusetts Bay, five people, (one woman and four men, including a clergyman), are executed after being accused and convicted of witchcraft. Witchcraft was one of the few crimes (besides murder and treason) that merited the death penalty.
Thank you for reading “A Trio of Terrific Tales From August 19”.