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Treason
In law, treason is the crime that covers some of the more extreme acts against one's sovereign or nation. Historically, treason also covered the murder of specific social superiors, such as the murder of a husband by his wife. Treason against the king was known as high treason and treason against a lesser superior was petty treason...
Timeline of Events
1478
2.18.1478
George, Duke of Clarence, convicted of treason against his older brother Edward IV of England, is executed in private at the Tower of London.
1521
5.17.1521
Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, is executed for treason.
1535
7.6.1535
Sir Thomas More is executed for treason against King Henry VIII of England.
1536
5.19.1536
Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII of England, is beheaded for adultery, treason, and incest.
1540
7.28.1540
Thomas Cromwell is executed at the order of Henry VIII of England on charges of treason. Henry marries his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, on the same day.
1567
9.29.1567
At a dinner, the Duke of Alba arrests the Count of Egmont and the Count of Hoorn for treason.
1603
11.17.1603
English explorer, writer and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh goes on trial for treason.
1619
5.13.1619
Dutch statesman Johan van Oldenbarnevelt is executed in The Hague after being convicted of treason.
1792
12.11.1792
French Revolution: King Louis XVI of France is put on trial for treason by the National Convention.
1793
1.21.1793
After being found guilty of treason by the French Convention, Louis XVI of France is executed by guillotine.
1807
5.22.1807
A grand jury indicts former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr on a charge of treason.
1834
4.3.1834
The generals in the Greek War of Independence stand trial for treason.
1885
11.16.1885
Canadian rebel leader of the Métis and "Father of Manitoba", Louis Riel is executed for treason.
1894
12.22.1894
The Dreyfus affair begins in France, when Alfred Dreyfus is wrongly convicted of treason, on antisemitic grounds.
1941
8.15.1941
Corporal Josef Jakobs is executed by firing squad at the Tower of London at 7:12am, making him the last person to be executed at the Tower for treason.
1945
6.18.1945
William Joyce (Lord Haw-Haw) is charged with treason.
10.15.1945
World War II: The former premier of Vichy France Pierre Laval is shot by a firing squad for treason.
1948
12.26.1948
Cardinal Mindszenty is arrested in Hungary and accused of treason and conspiracy.
1949
2.8.1949
Cardinal Mindszenty of Hungary is sentenced for treason.
1962
10.8.1962
Spiegel scandal: ''Der Spiegel'' publishes the article ''"Bedingt abwehrbereit"'' (''"Conditionally prepared for defense"'') about a NATO manoeuver called "Fallex 62", which uncovered the sorry state of the Bundeswehr (Germany's army) facing the communist threat from the east at the time. The magazine is soon accused of treason.
1999
2.23.1999
Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Öcalan is charged with treason in Ankara, Turkey.