A famous, beautiful dancer, Mata Hari is prominent in European society and enjoys many admirers. When her secret life as a German spy is discovered, however, the game she loves proves fatal. Read more about it!
The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.
The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.
|June 25, 1905||Reports of Mata Hari’s unique, exotic dancing in Paris.|
|June 27, 1908||Mata Hari reappears in limelight after mysterious disappearance.|
|July 25, 1917||Mata Hari is sentenced to execution by firing squad. She is accused of being a spy for Germany.|
|September 28, 1917||Final appeal fails; Mata Hari is sentenced to death.|
|October 15, 1917||Mata Hari executed at sunrise by firing squad.|
|1918||Mata Hari’s autobiography runs in installments for seven weeks in The Richmond Times-Dispatch.|
|July 17, 1922||An old lover of Hari’s is discovered seeking solace in Spanish monastery.|