Wednesday, July 18, 2007
18 july 2003 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Colourful flower vendors outside Sri Maha Mariamman temple in Jalan Tun H.S. Lee in Kuala Lumpur.
64 (x) Eruption of The Great Fire in Rome, Circus Maximus, Italy.
Four districts are completely destroyed and seven severely damaged.
1610 (-) Artist Michelangelo Caravaggio dies of a fever-attack at the age of 38 in Port d’Ercole, Tuscany, Italy.
1817 (-) Writer Jane Austen dies of tuberculosis at the age of 41 in Winchester, Hampshire, England.
1871 (+) Artist Giacomo Balla is born in Torino, Italy.
1895 (+) Gangster George R Kelley aka Machine Gun Kelly, is born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
1909 (+) Soviet leader Andrei Gromyko is born in Starye Gromyki, Russia.
1918 (+) Political activist Nelson Mandela is born in Mvezo, Mthatha, South Africa.
1921 (+) Astronaut John Glenn is born in Cambridge, Ohio, USA.
1922 (-) Henry McMahon is beaten to death with a rock by Carl Panzram aka A Journal of Murder, at the age of 12 in Salem, Massachussets, USA.
1925 (x) Führer of the Third Reich Adolf Hitler publishes part I of "Mein Kampf" in München, Germany.
1929 (+) Musician Jalacy Hawkins aka Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, is born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
1935 (+) Artist Ben Vautier is born in Naples, Italy.
1937 (+) Writer Hunter Thompson aka the creator of Gonzo journalism, is born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
1951 (-) Rape-murderer Harold Lantz is executed by the Gas Chamber at the age of 28 in State Prison, Florence, Arizona, USA.
1954 (-) Gangster George R Kelley aka Machine Gun Kelly, dies at the age of 59 in Leavenworth Prison, Kansas, USA.
1969 (-) Mary Kopechne drowned at the age of 28 in Chappaquiddick Island, Massachussets, USA.
After a party for the "Boiler Room Girls", Senator Edward Kennedy drove her home but his 1967 Oldsmobile Belmont 88 car ended up Poucha Pound; Kennedy managed to escape, Kopechne didn't.
1981 (-) Police inspector Jacques Massie and his family are executed by a terrorist commando in Auriol, France.
1981 (-) Richard Adam is stabbed in the heart by Jack Henry Abbott from The Belly of the Beast, at the age of 22 in New York, Bini Bon Diner Club, New York, USA.
Abbott had been paroled due to his litterary talent.
1984 (-) Mass Murderer James Huberty aka Hunting Humans, is shot dead by he police at the age of 41 in San Diego, San Ysidro, California, USA.
He killed 21 and injured 15 people in a 77min shooting rage in a McDonalds’ restaurant.
1988 (-) Musician and Femme Fatale Christa Paffgen aka Nico, dies of trombosis at the age of 48 in Ibiza, Spain.
1989 (-) Actress Rebecca Schaeffer is shot dead by 19-year-old stalker Robert John Bardo at the age of 21 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
1990 (-) Murderer Mikel Derrick is executed by lethal injection at the age of 33 in Huntsville Prison, Texas, USA.
1994 (x) 85 Die in Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina building bomb-attack in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1996 (-) Murderer Tommie Smith is executed by lethal injection in Indiana, USA.
The executioner could not find a vein in Smith's arm and had to insert an angio-catheter into his heart, a procedure that took 35 minutes. According to authorities, Smith remained conscious during that procedure.