World History 1881

About the history of the world in 1881, British army abolished flogging, President Garfield is assassinated.

TWO CENTURIES OF WORLD HISTORY: 1778-1978

1881

* The British army and navy abolished flogging.

July 2 Charles J. Guiteau, 39, tiptoed out of the men's room of a Washington train station, gripped the white bone handle of a five-shot British bulldog gun, and fired twice into the back of Pres. James A. Garfield. Although he undoubtedly would have been judged insane by today's standards, the law of 1881 sent the deluded religious zealot (who claimed to be the "premier of England" and an agent of God) to the gallows. Facing the crowd of 4,000 spectators, who sipped lemonade and munched cakes while waiting to see the first execution of a presidential assassin, Guiteau, schizophrenic to the end, raised his voice to a falsetto and sang his swan song: "I am going to the Lordy, I am so glad."

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