June 2, 2017 all-day
June 2, 1692. As the village of Salem was gripped by terror ofwitches, Massachusetts Bay Colony Governor Sir William Phips ordered a special court created on May 27, 1692, to expedite judgment of the more than 150 people accused of witchcraft. Unpopular resident Bridget Bishop, originally accused in April, was the first of the jailed brought to trial on June 2. At her April examination her accusersteenaged girls had collapsedin fits as she appeared, but Bishop adamantly denied the charges: I am no witch I know not what a witch is. She was convicted June 2 and hanged June 10.