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Today in History: May 19

Slide 1 of 13: The execution of Anne Boleyn, 1536. Henry VIII married Anne Boleyn in 1533 after divorcing his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. Anne provided Henry with a daughter, the future Elizabeth I, but she failed to provide the king with his cherished male heir. As a result Henry had Anne charged with high treason on grounds of adultery. Although the charges were almost certainly fabricated, she was found guilty and beheaded at the Tower of London on 19 May 1536. She is shown here taking leave of her ladies-in-waiting before her execution.

1536: Anne Boleyn is beheaded

Anne Boleyn, the second wife of English King Henry VIII, is beheaded at the Tower of London. Anne was charged of adultery, incest, and treason, and became the first English queen to be publicly executed.

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