124 years ago today Louis Lingg, Haymarket Martyr, committed suicide in prison the day before he was to be executed.
Lingg, the youngest of those sentenced to death, took his own life on November 10, the day before he was scheduled to hang. He used a small bomb (a blasting cap smuggled to him by a fellow prisoner). He put it in his mouth and lit it at 9AM; it blew off his lower jaw and destroyed a large portion of his face. He survived in agony for another 6 hours, until his death at around 3PM. It was believed by many that he didn't want his fate to be in the hands of the oppressors and would rather be a martyr for the cause, by his own volition.