Sunday, December 24, 2017

Fact of the Day: Jean-Baptiste Sipido

While touring in Belgium, the soon-to-be King Edward VII of Great Britain was almost assassinated. A young Belgian anarchist in Belgium named Jean-Baptiste Sipido fired at him but he missed and was quickly wrestled down. He did so because he was angry over the events of the Second Boer War. Despite the grave offense, he was pretty much let go because he was only fifteen. Causing quite a public stir in Great Britain over the lack of any real punishment.  

11 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I wonder what happened to Sipido after that. Probably died in the first World War would be my guess.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Nope. Wikipedia says he moved to France and worked there for the rest of his life. He died in 1959.

Pat Hatt said...

Chalked it up to the idiocy of youth, rare indeed, the letting him go part, not the idiocy of youth lol

Christine said...

Interesting

Emmylou said...

For a minute, I read his last name as "Speedo"...and well, he was only 15, so.....

RO said...

Wow! Surprising that he was let go. Hugs...and Merry Christmas Eve.RO

JACKIESUE said...

never knew that story.

stephen Hayes said...

An interesting story I knew nothing about. Merry Christmas.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Maybe Sipido was secretly regarded in Belgium as a hero for taking a stand.

NanaDiana said...

Wonder what they would have done to his 15 year old self if he had tried that today? Very interesting fact.

Martha said...

A very interesting story.