1615 (+) 242nd Pope Innocentus XII originally Antonio Pignatelli, is born in Spinazzola, Italy.
1898 (+) Filmmaker Henry Hathaway originally Henri Leonard de Fiennes, is born in Sacramento, California, USA.
1901 (-) Suspected Murderer John Henderson is lynched by burning at the stake in Corsicana, Texas, USA.
1901 (-) 23rd president of the USA Benjamin Harrison dies of influenza at the age of 67 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
1911 (+) Founder of the Church of Scientology L. Ron Lafayette Ronald Hubbard is born in Tilden, Nebraska, USA.
1928 (x) Over 450 Die in St. Francis Dam collapse in Santa Paula, California, USA.
1938 (-) Lawyer and civil libertarian Clarence Seward Darrow dies at the age of 80 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
1939 (+) Musician Neil Sedaka is born in New York, New York, USA.
1940 (-) Governor of Punjab Michael O’Dwyer is shot dead by Udham Singh aka Ram Mohammad Singh Azad, at the age of 76 in London, Caxton Hall, United Kingdom.
"I did it because I had a grudge against him. He deserved it. He was the real culprit. He wanted to crush the spirit of my people, so I have crushed him."
1942 (-) Hubert Tracey is shot dead by Charles Lovett at the age of 29 in Abingdon, Virginia, USA.
Lovett had just deserted with James Edward Testerman.
1958 (x) 53-year-old Murderer Nathan Freudenthal Leopold aka The Perfect Murderer, is released from prison in Illinois, USA.
1964 (-) Kitty Catherine Susan Genovese is raped and stabbed to death in two separate attacks spanning at least half an hour by Winston Moseley outside her apartment at the age of 28 in New York, Kew Gardens, New York, USA.
Most of her neighbours heard or even watched without any reaction.
1970 (-) Marie Anstey is abducted and presumably killed by Zodiac in Vallejo, Coronado Inn, California, USA.
1971 (x) Serial Killer Zodiac sends a letter to the Los Angeles Times in Pleasanton, California, USA.
1975 (x) Start of the first trial against 38-year-old Serial Killer Joseph Kallinger aka The Shoemaker, in Harrisberg, Pennsylvania, USA.
1980 (x) 38-year-old Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy aka The Killer Clown, is sentenced to death for the murder of 33 boys in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
1983 (-) Cyclist Louis Bobet aka Louison aka Zonzon, dies of cancer at the age of 58 in Quiberon, Brittany, France.
1985 (-) Triple Murderer Stephen Peter Morin is executed by lethal injection at the age of 34 in Huntsville Prison, Texas, USA.
He had to have probed both arms and legs with needles for 45 minutes before they found the vein.
1988 (-) Hardcore porn actor John Curtis Holmes aka Johnny Wadd, dies of cardiorespiratory arrest and encephalitis due to AIDS at the age of 43 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
He performed in hundreds of porn-movies and claimed to have had sex with an estimated 14.000 women. Holmes' main asset in the porn business was his exceptionally large penis. However, no definitive measurement, or documentation thereof, exists, leaving its exact length in dispute.
1990 (-) Child psychologist Bruno Bettelheim commits suicide by depression at the age of 86 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
1996 (x) 23-year-old Serial Killer Han Zhenying is arrested after a killing spree in which he killed 63 people in 13 provinces since he was 14 years old in Nanyang County, Hunan, China.
1996 (-) Mass Murderer Thomas Watt Hamilton commits suicide by a shot through the head after killing 15 5 and 6-year-old children and a teacher in a school at the age of 43 in Dunblane, Scotland, United Kingdom.
12 other children were wounded.
1996 (-) Filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski dies during open-heart surgery following a heart attack at the age of 54 in Warsaw, Poland.
1998 (x) 46-year-old RAF member Peter-Jürgen Boock is released from the Sozialtherapeutische Anstalt Bergedorf in Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
2001 (-) Serial Killer Henry Lee Lucas aka The Hand of Death, dies of heart failure at the age of 64 in Prison, Texas, USA.
2002 (-) Musician Marc Moreland dies of complications following a liver transplant at the age of 44 in Paris, France.
He was the founder of 'Wall of Voodoo'.