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Chronology of Events

January 20:
          Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Williams start to convulse and exhibit strange behavior. A couple of other girls in Salem begin to exhibit the same behavior.
        Physicians are unable to figure out what is causing the girls to convulse and determine the disease the work in Salem.
Late February:
             The afflicted girls accuse Tituba, Sarah Good, and Sarah Osborne of bewitching them.
March 1:
       Tituba confesses to practicing witchcraft, but Sarah Good and Sarah Osborne claim their innocents.
March 12:
        Martha Corey is accused of witchcraft.
March 19:
        Rebecca Nurse was denounced as a witch.
March 28:
        Elizabeth Proctor was denounced as a witch.
April 19:
        Abigail Hobbs, Briget Bishop, Giles Corey, and Mary Warren were examained. Abigail Hobbs is the nly one to confess.
May 10:
      George Jacobs and his granddaughter, Margaret, are examined. Margaret confesses that both she and her father are witches.
      Sarah Osborne dies in jail.
May 14:
      Increase Mather returnes from England bringing with him the new governor, Sir William Phips.
May 27:
      Governor Phips sets up the Court of Oyer and Terminer to try all of the witchcraft cases. All evidence, including spectral, is used.
May 31:
      Martha Carrier, John Alden, Wilmott Redd, Elizabeth Howe, and Phillip English are examined.
June 2:
      First session of the Court of Oyer and Terminer. Briget Bishop is the first to be covicted of witchcraft and condemned to death.
June 10:
          Briget Bishop is hanged in Salem in the first official hanging in the Salem Witch Trials.
July 19:
       Rebecca Nurse, Susannah Martin, Elizabeth Howe, and Sarah Good and Sarah Wilde were executed.
August 2-6:
          John and Elibeth Proctor, George Jacobs, Martha Carrier, George Burroughs, and John Williard are tried and condenmed.
October 8:
         After the executions of 20 people, Thomas Brattle wrote a letter to Governor Phips critizing the Salem Witch trials and Governor Phips ordered no spectral evidence was allowed in the trials.
October 29:
          Governor Phips ends the Court of Oyer and Terminer.
November 25:
           THe Superior Court is created to try the remaining witch cases in May, 1693. No one is convicted in these trials.