On this day in history, August 19, 1692... Martha Carrier, George Jacobs Sr., George Burroughs, John Willard, and John Proctor were all executed after being convicted of witchcraft during the infamous Salem Witch Trials. In modern times, the Trials are looked on as cases of mass hysteria, serving as a cautionary tale against isolationism, religious fanaticism, false accusations, and lapses in due process. The origins of the trials began in February 1692, when two young girls were having fits described as "beyond the power of Epileptic Fits or natural disease to effect." The girls screamed, threw things about the room, uttered strange sounds, crawled under furniture, and contorted themselves into peculiar positions, similar to how demonic possession has been described in modern popular culture. Soon after, other young women in the village began to exhibit similar behaviors, both in their homes and publicly. The trials eventually resulted in the executions of twenty people. Five others (including two infant children) died in prison.