1849 (+) Writer August Strindberg is born in Stockholm, Sweden.
1869 (+) Influencial Monk Grigory Rasputin aka The Mad Monk, is born in Pokrovskoye, Siberia, Russia.
1875 (+) Filmmaker David Wark Griffith is born in Crestwood, Kentucky, USA.
1879 (+) Artist Francis Picabia is born in Feydieu, Gironde, France.
1901 (-) Queen Alexandrina Victoria dies of declining health at the age of 81 in Osborne House, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom.
Her death marks the end of the Victorian Age.
1922 (-) 258th pope Benedictus XV originally Giacomo Battista Marquis Della Chiesa, dies at the age of 67 in Rome, Vatican City, Italy.
1925 (-) Murderer Nichol Ferranti is executed by Old Sparky at the age of 44 in New York, Sing Sing Prison, New York, USA.
1930 (-) Nora Lake dies of spontaneous human combustion at the age of 42 in Kerhonkson, New York, USA.
1931 (+) Serial Killer Daniel Camargo Barboza aka The Beast of Ecuador and Monster of Charquito, is born in Anolaima, Colombia.
1931 (+) Musician Sam Cooke is born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA.
1934 (+) Actor Bill Bixby is born in San Francisco, California, USA.
1936 (+) Lawyer and RAF member Horst Mahler is born in Haynau, Silesia, Germany.
1937 (+) Writer Joseph Wambaugh is born in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
1940 (+) Actor John Hurt is born in Chesterfield, United Kingdom.
1946 (+) Impresario and band manager Malcolm McLaren is born in London, Stoke Newington, United Kingdom.
1957 (x) 53-year-old George Metesky aka The Mad Bomber, is arrested in Waterbury, Connecticut, USA.
He was charged with planting over 30 bombs.
1960 (x) The first atomic bomb-test by France.
1960 (+) INXS lead-singer Michael Hutchence is born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
1963 (-) Notorious bandit and murderer Teofilo Rojas aka Sparks, dies in mysterious circumstances.
He was credited with 592 up to 3500 murders.
1969 (x) USSR-astronauts Sjalatov, Jelisejev, Kroenov and Volynov, who have just returned with their Soyoez 4 and 5 spacecrafts are attacked by an unidentified young man during an official parade in Moscow, Russia.
1973 (-) 36th president of the USA Lyndon Baines Johnson dies of a heart attack at the age of 64 in San Antonio, Texas, USA.
1973 (x) 176 pilgrims Die in Boeing 707 crash in Kano Airport, Nigeria.
1980 (x) 58-year-old Physicist, dissident and Human Rights activist Andrei Sakharov is arrested by the KGB and expelled to Gorki in Russia.
1987 (-) Pennsylvania Treasurer Budd Dwyer commits suicide by shooting himself in the mouth with a pistol in front of cameras at a news conference at the age of 47 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA.
He was about to being sentenced for taking a $300,000 kickback.
1994 (-) Actor Telly Savalas dies of cancer of the bladder and prostate at the age of 72 in Universal City, California, USA.
2003 (-) Murderer Robert Lookingbill is executed by lethal injection at the age of 37 in Huntsville Prison, Texas, USA.
2008 (-) Actor Heath Ledger dies of acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine at the age of 28 in New York City, New York, USA.