August 4 - 1880: Water spout threatens Cape

1892: Borden murders. 1993: Cape Cod plane crash kills two
A water spout threatened the Upper Cape in 1880.

1880: Water spout on Buzzards Bay

On this day in 1880 a water spout was sighted over Buzzards Bay.  It came ashore at the mouth of the Pocasset River and headed south from there. The story in the long-gone Boston Advertiser newspaper read:


Further particulars of the hail-storm and water-spout on Cape Cod on Thursday, show it to have been the most remarkable visitation of the kind in this part of the country since the terrible besom of destruction which passed over Cambridge 30 years ago. An eye-witness describes the progress of the water-spout, which seemed to form over the waters of Buzzards Bay, back of the Monument Beach Islands.

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1892: Lizzie Borden allegedly murders father and stepmother

Lizzie Borden took and ax,
And gave her father forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her mother forty-one.

On this day in 1892, a prosperous banker and his wife were hacked to death with a hatchet in their Fall River home. Suspicion immediately focused on the man's unmarried 32-year-old daughter, Lizzie Borden. Basing their case entirely on circumstantial evidence, police indicted her for murder.

Newspapers all over the country carried sensationalized, sometimes completely fabricated, stories.

When she came to trial the following June, the nation was mesmerized by the spectacle of a Sunday-School-teaching maiden lady charged with committing such gruesome crimes.

But the prosecution's case was badly flawed, and after a two-week trial, the jury found Lizzie Borden not guilty.

She would never be free from suspicion, however, and lived the rest of her life as a social outcast.

1993: Plane crashes in Provincetown crowded campground, kills pilot & passenger

On this day in 1993, the pilot and only passenger on a single-engine plane were killed when it crashed in a crowded campground a half-mile from the center of Provincetown. The plane came down in the Coastal Acres Campground and struck a 25-foot camper, but its three occupants suffered only minor injuries.

The pilot was identified as Ritchie Smith, 38, of Pottstown, PA., and the passenger as Donna Zuck McShane, 35, of Wyndmoor, PA. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on