Edward Jordan (1771-1809) was sentenced to hand and put to death on this date on the Black Rock Beach – the first pirate to be hanged in Canada. A law in Nova Scotia “required that the pirates be executed with their bodies displayed in public as warning to other sailors.” His body, covered in tar, was placed in an iron cage, known as a gibbet, which was erected on the rock outcropping next to the beach. It was left there, on display, for months as a warning to all would-be pirates. Such was the practice back then. His skeleton remained buried there until in the 1950s when the site was excavated as a former location of one of the original Halifax Blockhouses. (Source: Historic Halifax.)