10 Historical Bizarre Deaths

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10-historical-bizarre-deathsThere are more ways to die than you could possibly imagine. Fortunately, there are more ways to live as well. It would be impossible to document all the wild and bizarre scenarios in which people have met their final moments. However, the following list makes the attempt to show some of the weirdest and most bizarre ways in which these semi-famous people bought the farm. Kick back, relax, and enjoy the 10 Historic Bizarre Deaths list.

10. David Douglas

1834

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How? Steamrolled by a bull.

Mr. Douglas was a great explorer in his own right. A Glasgow, Scotland Botanist, he was hired by Hudson’s Bay Company to explore the Oregon territory and catalog the plants growing there. So well known was he that they named a tree that he “discovered” in his honor and the Douglas Fir was born. (Figuratively speaking) In later years, he was living and working in Hawaii when he fell into a pit dug to trap wild bulls and was trampled to death by the animals. Can you imagine being gored and trampled by a trapped wild bull?

9. Jean-Baptiste de Lully

1687

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How? Staffed himself in the toe.

Jean-Baptiste Lully was an Italian born composer who became a Frenchman in the king’s court. So impressed was his majesty at some small piece of work this guitar/violinist/dancer composed for a small part of a play that he made Jean-Baptiste the First Composer of Instrumental Music to the King, a title that led to his formation of his own band of musicians, Petits Violons. Eventually, his interest in this form of music waned as dramatically as did his ability to dance, another of Jeans talents that satisfied the King. He went on to be a great Operatic composer until his death in March 1687. In those times, it was standard for the composer/conductor to beat a staff upon the floor in keeping time with the music. Jean-Baptiste de Lully accidentally hit himself on the big toe during a performance and developed gangrene that spread rapidly. His refusal to have the toe amputated led to his eventual and horrible death as the poison spread into his blood. He died an agonizing death.

8. Sir Arthur Aston

1649

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How? Beaten to death with his own wooden leg.

Sir Arthur Aston was a great career soldier and leader for King Charles despite being looked upon as a nonconformist and his religious beliefs (Catholic) were frowned upon as well. This is probably the main reason that, although he had attained the rank of Major, he was never as famous or as respected as other military leaders of his time, which include the likes of Major Mackay. Sir Aston also achieved notoriety in his appointment to Governor of Oxford. It was during this time that a fall from a horse cost him his leg. Later, after losing a terrible battle for the garrison of Drogheda, he tried unsuccessfully to negotiate surrender but the entire town was ordered to be put under the sword. It was on a bridge during this failed negotiation that the enemy officers, believing there were gold coins in the hollow of the wooden leg and disappointed that there were none, beat Sir Arthur Aston to death with it. A great and noble man beaten to death with his own wooden leg is an inglorious end to an otherwise glorious career.

7. William Huskisson

1830

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How? Steamrolled at the first public opening of the world’s first mechanically powered passenger railway.

William Huskisson, British statesman, member of Parliament, and expert in finance, he had an illustrious political career but, perhaps his biggest claim to fame was that of being the first railway death to receive extensive coverage in the news of the times. Huskisson was riding on the same train as the Duke of Wellington. He opened one of the train’s doors, which, unfortunately, was bigger than the gap between the train he was on, and the new train “The Rocket” which was traveling in the opposite direction on the set of tracks next to his, The Rocket hit the door, which hit Huskisson, throwing him off balance and under the Rocket’s wheels. This did not kill him instantly but the damage to his legs was so intensive that he died in Eccles a few hours later.

6. Clement Vallandigham

1871

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How? Accidentaly shot himself in the (head)?

Clement Vallandigham was a politician, newspaper editor, and supporter of the confederacy during the civil war, voting against every military action brought before the house. After giving a speech in May of 1861 in which he referred to President Lincoln as King Lincoln, he was arrested and tried for uttering disloyal sentiments against the Union. Lincoln later released him and had him transported to Tennessee via the underground network. After the war, he returned to his home in Ohio and became a defense attorney. In his last case, he was defending a man who, during a barroom brawl was accused of killing one of the participants. Vallandigham was attempting to show how the man who was killed had accidentally killed himself while attempting to draw a pistol from his pants. Unfortunately, he did this with a loaded gun. He proved his point, accidentally killing himself. The Jury found the man innocent and released him. Wow, talk about a passionate lawyer!

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