Thursday, July 12, 2007
12 july 2003 - Hong Kong
I walked about 15kms of the Hong Kong Trail in just one afternoon, starting off from The Peak via the Pokfulam Water Reservoir and Chi Fu Fa Yuen to Aberdeen, then took a bus back to my lodgings at Wang Fat Apartments in Wan Chai.
1536 (-) Humanist Desiderius Erasmus originally Gerrit Gerritszoon, dies at the age of 69 in Basel, Switzerland.
1543 (x) 52-year-old King of England Henry VIII marries his sixth wife Catherine Parr in Hampton Court Palace, United Kingdom.
1817 (+) Writer and pacifist Henry Thoreau is born in Concord, Massachussets, USA.
1854 (+) Photography pioneer George Eastman is born in Waterville, New York, USA.
1880 (+) Filmmaker Tod Browning is born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
1882 (-) Composer Alfred Pease dies at the age of 44 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
1884 (+) Artist Amadeo Modigliani is born in Livorno, Tuscany, Italy.
1904 (+) Poet Pablo Neruda originally Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto, is born in Parral, Chili.
1918 (x) Over 500 Die in Kawachi destroyer explosion in Tokyo Bay, Japan.
1926 (-) Writer, traveler and political analyst Gertrude Bell aka The Uncrowned Queen of Iraq, commits suicide by an overdose of sleeping-pills at the age of 58 in Baghdad, Iraq.
1935 (-) French-Jewish officer Alfred Dreyfus dies at the age of 75 in Mulhouse, Alsace, France.
1937 (+) Actor Bill Cosby is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
1951 (+) Actress Cheryl Ladd originally Cheryl Stoppelmoor, is born in Huron, South Dakota, USA.
1958 (x) Serial Rapist Ted Paisnel aka The Beast of Jersey, attacks and rapes an unidentified 31-year-old woman in La Rozelle, Jersey.
1963 (-) Pauline Reade is abducted and her head smashed with a shovel by The Moors Murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, at the age of 16 in Gorton, United Kingdom.
On 2 july 1987, Ian Brady will return to the Moors where he pinpoints her grave.
1969 (-) Maria Hettgen is throttled and raped by Joachim Kroll aka The Ruhr Hunter, at the age of 61 in Essen, Werden, NordRhein-Westfalen, Germany.
1971 (x) 37-year-old Serial Killer Juan Corona is arrested and charged with the murders of 25 migrant farm workers in Yuba City, California, USA.
1979 (-) Supreme Maffia-boss Carmine Galante aka Lillo the Cigar, is shot dead while eating spaghetti in an Italian restaurant at the age of 69 in New York, New York, USA.
1979 (x) Over 80 Die in Corona de Aragon hotel fire in Zaragossa, Spain.
1986 (-) Test-pilot Ross Mulhare crashes with a top-secret F-19 Stealth Fighter plane in the Mojave Desert, California, USA.
1986 (-) Trevor Thomas is strangled in his bath by Kenneth Erskine aka The Stockwell Strangler, at the age of 75 in London, Clapham, Jefferys Road, Barton Court, United Kingdom.
1989 (x) Spree Killer Christian Dornier shoots 14 people, including his mother and sister, to death in Luxiol, France.
He is found badly injured in a head-on car collision.