On this day: the Lagerlunda rail accident

On the 15th of November, 1875, nine people were killed in a head-on collision between two trains travelling between Linköping and Vikingstad in Sweden. The accident occurred just after one in the morning. Signalling confusion meant two trains were accidentally travelling towards each other on a single track.

The wreck is seen in a photograph taken a few days after the accident.




On this day: the execution of Anna Månsdotter

On the 7th of August, 1890, Anna Månsdotter was executed for the murder of her daughter-in-law. She was the last woman to be executed in Sweden. This picture is taken moments before her execution. The man second from the left is the executioner, and he is holding the axe behind his back.

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

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: Sweden’s move to the Gregorian Calendar

Pope Gregory XIII, portrait by Lavinia Fontana.Gregory_XIII

Pope Gregory XIII, portrait by Lavinia Fontana.

The 17th of February 1753 was Sweden’s last day of following the Julian calendar. The country moved to the Gregorian calendar, named for Pope Gregory XIII, the following day. The Gregorian calendar is the one used in Western society today.

Because of the change, the 17th of February was followed by the 1st of March.

On this day: Swedish Royal Wedding in 1932

On the 19th of October, 1932, Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten married his second cousin Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in a civil ceremony. The church wedding took place on the 20th.

The couple would have five children. The prince would die in a plane crash in 1947 – he was second in line to the throne at the time.

Wedding of Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten to Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. 19th October, 1932.