July 1850: The Báb is executed in Tabriz, Persia

In 1850 Mirza Taqi Khan, Grand Vizier of the new Nasiri'd-Din Shah of Persia, ordered the Báb to be executed. On 9 July 1850 the Báb was brought before a firing squad in the barracks square of Tabriz, along with a young follower. When the smoke cleared, the crowd was amazed that the Báb was nowhere to be seen. He was located in the room He had occupied, finishing a conversation with His amanuensis. The commander of the Armenian regiment, Sam Khan, refused to fire a second time and another regiment had to be found. This time their bullets killed the Báb and His companion. 
(‘A Basic Baha’i Dictionary’, by Wendi Momen)