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5July357
Constantius II Orders Torture for Witchcraft Convictions

Constantius II Orders Torture for Witchcraft Convictions

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29October1390
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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19May1487
Heinrich Kramer & Johann Sprenger's Book 'Malleus Maleficarum' Gets Approval

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

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21March1542
King Henry VIII Issues Law Against Witchcraft

King Henry VIII Issues Law Against Witchcraft

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19March1563
Queen Elizabeth I Issues Law Against Witchcraft

Queen Elizabeth I Issues Law Against Witchcraft

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19August1612
Three Women From Samlesbury England Tried as Witches

Three Women From Samlesbury England Tried as Witches

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20March1623
Pope Gregory XV Issues Last Papal Ordinance Against Witchcraft

Pope Gregory XV Issues Last Papal Ordinance Against Witchcraft

15June1649
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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11July1653
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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24March1661
Florence Newton, 'Witch of Youghai',  Arrested for Witchcraft

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

13April1662

Isobel Gowdie From Scotland Confesses Voluntarily to the Practice of Witchcraft

12February1663
Birth of Cotton Mather, Puritan Leader

Birth of Cotton Mather, Puritan Leader

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11April1670
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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29February1692
Salem Witch Trials Begins With Arrest of Three Women

Salem Witch Trials Begins With Arrest of Three Women

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1March1692
Salem Witch Trials Launched With the Jailing of Three Women

Salem Witch Trials Launched With the Jailing of Three Women

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2June1692
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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10June1692
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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19July1692
Sarah Good Executed by Hanging for Witchcraft in Salem

Sarah Good Executed by Hanging for Witchcraft in Salem

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5August1692
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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19August1692
Five Convicted 'Witches' from Salem Witch Trials are Hanged

Five Convicted 'Witches' from Salem Witch Trials are Hanged

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20August1692
Margaret Jacobs Recants Testimony Given at Salem Witch Trials

Margaret Jacobs Recants Testimony Given at Salem Witch Trials

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19September1692
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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22September1692
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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15January1697
Massachusetts Citizens Repent for Salem Witch Trials

Massachusetts Citizens Repent for Salem Witch Trials

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31March1711
Ireland Holds its Last Trial for Witchcraft

Ireland Holds its Last Trial for Witchcraft

13February1728
Death of Cotton Mather, Puritan Leader

Death of Cotton Mather, Puritan Leader

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11April1775

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

17September1775
Nine Women of Kalish, Poland, Burned to Death as Witches

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

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18June1782
Anna Göldi is Last Person Executed for Witchcraft in Europe

Anna Göldi is Last Person Executed for Witchcraft in Europe

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13January1787

Austrian Witchcraft Laws Repealed

30April1957
Massachusetts Bill to Reverse Salem Convictions on Witchcraft

Massachusetts Bill to Reverse Salem Convictions on Witchcraft

13April2003
Tzotzil Indian Domingo Shilon Shilon Stoned to Death for Witchcraft

Tzotzil Indian Domingo Shilon Shilon Stoned to Death for Witchcraft

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4November2006

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

 
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