1544 (+) Poet Torquato Tasso is born in Sorrento, Italy.
1864 (x) 270 Die in Dale Dyke Dam flood in Sheffield, United Kingdom.
1921 (+) Composer Astor Pantaleon Piazzolla aka El Gran, is born in Mar del Plata, Argentina.
1931 (+) Media Mogul Rupert Keith Murdoch is born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
1931 (-) Filmmaker Friedrich Wilhelm Plumpe Murnau dies in an automobile accident at the age of 42 in Santa Barbara, California, USA.
1935 (x) Start of the trial against 64-year-old Serial Killer and Cannibal Albert Howard Hamilton Fish aka The Cannibal, in West Plains, Westchester Supreme Court, New York, USA.
1942 (-) Murderer Harold Trevor is executed by hanging at the age of 62 in London, Wandsworth Prison, United Kingdom.
1944 (x) Discovery of human remains from at least 20 bodies in the basement of 47-year-old Serial Killer Marcel André Henri Felix Petiot aka The Triangular Chamber of Death Murderer, when the fire-brigade is called in because of the huge rise of black smoke coming from the chimney in Paris, 21 Rue Le Sueur, France.
1946 (x) 45-year-old Commander of the Auschwitz concentration-camp Rudolf Ferdinand Höss is arrested in Germany.
1947 (-) Swindler who tried to sell the Eiffel Tower twice, Victor Lustig aka The Count, dies of pneumonia at the age of 57 in Springfield, Medical Centre for Federal Prisoners, Missouri, USA.
1955 (-) Bacteriologist Alexander Fleming dies of a heart attack at the age of 73 in London, United Kingdom.
1960 (-) Murderer Robert Dwight Fenton is executed by the Gas Chamber at the age of 25 in State Prison, Florence, Arizona, USA.
1963 (-) Plotter of the assassination of president De Gaulle, Jean-Marie Bastien Thiry is executed by the Firing Squad at the age of 35 in Ivry-sur-Seine, France.
1966 (x) 45-year-old Spiritual theorist Timothy Francis Leary is sentenced to 30 years imprisonment for the possession and transportation of marihuana in California, USA.
1969 (x) Last official execution by the Guillotine in Paris, France.
1970 (-) Writer Erle Stanley Gardner dies at the age of 80 in Temecula, California, USA.
1977 (x) 43-year-old Filmmaker Roman Raymond Polanski is arrested and charged with furnishing Quaaludes to a minor, child-molesting, unlawful sexual intercourse, rape by the use of drugs, oral copulation and sodomy of 13-year-old Samantha Geirner in Los Angeles, California, USA.
1978 (-) musician Claude François aka Clo-Clo, dies of electrocution at the age of 39 in Paris, #46 Boulevard Exelmans, France.
Claude was at his Paris apartment at #46 Boulevard Exelmans, with an American girlfriend named Kathleen, and a French secretary. In the afternoon he took a shower in preparation for a trip to the recording studio. After finishing his shower, he noticed that the light bulb in the socket hanging over the shower was burned out. With his feet in the water, he reached up to change it, and was instantly electrocuted. Efforts to revive him failed. He was pronounced dead at 3:30pm.
1998 (-) Murderer Jerry Lee Hogue is executed by lethal injection in Huntsville Prison, Texas, USA.
2002 (-) Economist James Tobin known from the Tobin Tax, dies at the age of 84 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
2003 (-) Murderer Bobby Glen Cook is executed by lethal injection in Huntsville Prison, Texas, USA.
2004 (x) 191 Die in commuter train nº 17305 bomb explosion in Madrid, Atocha Station, Spain.
Another 1800 people are injured. The attack was carried out by an al-Qaeda inspired terrorist cell.
2009 (-) Mass Murderer Tim Kretschmer commits suicide by a shot in the head during a shootout with the police at the age of 17 in Winnenden, Baden-Württemburg, Germany.
Before he killed 16 people in a shooting spree at the the Albertville-Realschule.