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5 July 357
Constantius II Orders Torture for Witchcraft Convictions

Constantius II Orders Torture for Witchcraft Convictions

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29 October 1390
Jehenne de Brigue is First Person Tried in Secular Court for Witchcraft in Paris

Jehenne de Brigue is First Person Tried in Secular Court for Witchcraft in Paris

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19 May 1487
Heinrich Kramer & Johann Sprenger's Book 'Malleus Maleficarum' Gets Approval

Heinrich Kramer & Johann Sprenger's Book 'Malleus Maleficarum' Gets Approval

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21 March 1542
King Henry VIII Issues Law Against Witchcraft

King Henry VIII Issues Law Against Witchcraft

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19 March 1563
Queen Elizabeth I Issues Law Against Witchcraft

Queen Elizabeth I Issues Law Against Witchcraft

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19 August 1612
Three Women From Samlesbury England Tried as Witches

Three Women From Samlesbury England Tried as Witches

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20 March 1623
Pope Gregory XV Issues Last Papal Ordinance Against Witchcraft

Pope Gregory XV Issues Last Papal Ordinance Against Witchcraft

15 June 1649
Margaret Jones First to be Tried and Executed for Witchcraft in Massachusetts

Margaret Jones First to be Tried and Executed for Witchcraft in Massachusetts

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11 July 1653
Birth of Sarah Good, First of Three Women Accused of Witchcraft in Salem

Birth of Sarah Good, First of Three Women Accused of Witchcraft in Salem

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24 March 1661
Florence Newton, 'Witch of Youghai',  Arrested for Witchcraft

Florence Newton, 'Witch of Youghai', Arrested for Witchcraft

13 April 1662

Isobel Gowdie From Scotland Confesses Voluntarily to the Practice of Witchcraft

12 February 1663
Birth of Cotton Mather, Puritan Leader

Birth of Cotton Mather, Puritan Leader

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11 April 1670
Major Thomas Weir Confesses to Witchcraft and is Burned to Death

Major Thomas Weir Confesses to Witchcraft and is Burned to Death

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29 February 1692
Salem Witch Trials Begins With Arrest of Three Women

Salem Witch Trials Begins With Arrest of Three Women

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1 March 1692
Salem Witch Trials Launched With the Jailing of Three Women

Salem Witch Trials Launched With the Jailing of Three Women

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2 June 1692
Bridget Bishop First to be Tried for Witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts

Bridget Bishop First to be Tried for Witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts

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10 June 1692
Bridget Bishop Becomes First of Twenty People Executed for Witchcraft in Salem

Bridget Bishop Becomes First of Twenty People Executed for Witchcraft in Salem

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19 July 1692
Sarah Good Executed by Hanging for Witchcraft in Salem

Sarah Good Executed by Hanging for Witchcraft in Salem

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5 August 1692
Six Found Guilty of Witchcraft at Salem Witch Trials, Sentenced to Hang

Six Found Guilty of Witchcraft at Salem Witch Trials, Sentenced to Hang

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19 August 1692
Five Convicted 'Witches' from Salem Witch Trials are Hanged

Five Convicted 'Witches' from Salem Witch Trials are Hanged

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20 August 1692
Margaret Jacobs Recants Testimony Given at Salem Witch Trials

Margaret Jacobs Recants Testimony Given at Salem Witch Trials

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19 September 1692
81-Year-Old Giles Corey Pressed to Death at Salem Witch Trials - 'More Weight'!

81-Year-Old Giles Corey Pressed to Death at Salem Witch Trials - 'More Weight'!

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22 September 1692
Pious Christian Martha Corey Executed for Witchcraft at Salem Witch Trials

Pious Christian Martha Corey Executed for Witchcraft at Salem Witch Trials

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15 January 1697
Massachusetts Citizens Repent for Salem Witch Trials

Massachusetts Citizens Repent for Salem Witch Trials

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31 March 1711
Ireland Holds its Last Trial for Witchcraft

Ireland Holds its Last Trial for Witchcraft

13 February 1728
Death of Cotton Mather, Puritan Leader

Death of Cotton Mather, Puritan Leader

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11 April 1775

Anna Maria Schwegelin is Last Person Sentenced to Death for Witchcraft in Germany

17 September 1775
Nine Women of Kalish, Poland, Burned to Death as Witches

Nine Women of Kalish, Poland, Burned to Death as Witches

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18 June 1782
Anna Göldi is Last Person Executed for Witchcraft in Europe

Anna Göldi is Last Person Executed for Witchcraft in Europe

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13 January 1787

Austrian Witchcraft Laws Repealed

30 April 1957
Massachusetts Bill to Reverse Salem Convictions on Witchcraft

Massachusetts Bill to Reverse Salem Convictions on Witchcraft

13 April 2003
Tzotzil Indian Domingo Shilon Shilon Stoned to Death for Witchcraft

Tzotzil Indian Domingo Shilon Shilon Stoned to Death for Witchcraft

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4 November 2006

Glastonbury, England, Returns to Dark Ages When Catholics Accuse Pagans of Being Witches

 
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