On this day: the Queensboro Bridge opened in 1909

Blackwell's Island Bridge, ca. 1907.

Construction of the upper level in 1907

The Queensboro Bridge, linking Manhattan to Long Island City, opened to the public on the 30th of March, 1909.

Proposals for a bridge spanning this area had been made from 1838, but the first successful plans didn’t emerge until 1903.

The Queensboro Bridge, linking Manhattan to Long Island City, circa 1908

Circa 1908

Various delays meant the bridge took longer to construct than expected.

Construction of the bridge cost fifty lives and eighteen million dollars.

On this day: the Yngsjö murder

The murdered Hanna Johansdotter (1867-1889).

 The murdered Hanna Johansdotter (1867-1889)

On the 28th of March, 1889, a mother and son took part in the murder of the son’s wife, Hanna Johansdotter, in Yngsjö, Sweden.

Anna Månsdotter, the last woman to be executed in Sweden.Per_Nilsson_(1862-1918)The Yngsjö-murderer, Per Nilsson.

Mother and Son

Anna Månsdotter had a sexual relationship with her son, Per Nilsson, and it is said the marriage was arranged as a cover.

Though there were conflicting reports of what actually happened, it is believed the mother beat Hanna with a piece of wood, strangled her, and then she was dressed and posed to look like she fell down the stairs. It is believed the motive may have been that Hanna discovered the physical relationship between the two.

Right before the execution of Anna Månsdotter, the Yngsjö-murderer. Sweden. 7th August 1890.

Anna moments before her execution on the 7th of August, 1890.

The executioner is second from the left, with the axe hidden behind his back.

Anna Månsdotter was executed the following year, making her the last woman to be executed in Sweden, while her son was eventually released from hard labour in prison before dying of tuberculosis in 1918.

(I apologise for the tiny print! I can’t make copied-and-pasted text bigger, and I need to copy and paste those Swedish words, because I can’t type them!)

 

On this day: the 1812 Caracas earthquake

At 4:37pm on the 26th of March, 1812, an earthquake hit Caracas, Venezuela. Measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale, it killed between 15 000 and 20 000 people.

Ruinas de Cúa después del Terremoto de 1812 by Cristóbal Rojas

Ruinas de Cúa después del Terremoto de 1812 - Cristóbal Rojas 1812 Caracas Earthquake