1554 – A year after claiming the throne of England for nine days, Lady Jane Grey is beheaded for treason. When the 15-year-old King Edward VI lay dying in June 1553, he nominated Jane as successor to the Crown in his will, thus subverting the claims of his half-sisters Mary and Elizabeth under the Third Succession Act. Jane was imprisoned in the…

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1618 – English adventurer, writer, and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh is beheaded for allegedly conspiring against James I of England.  He was a favorite of Queen Elizabeth I  and was knighted in 1585. He briefly fell from favour when he secretly married  one of the Queen’s ladies-in-waiting, they were both sen to the Tower of London. On 17 November, Raleigh was tried…

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