Sunday, March 14, 2010

14 March 2007 - Berlin, Germany

A billboard next to abandoned and derelict buildings I came across when I decided to bike all the way along Landsberger Allee, the longest street in Berlin, Germany.
1681 (+) Composer Georg Philipp Telemann is born in Magdeburg, Germany.
1853 (+) Artist Ferdinand Hodler is born in Bern, Switzerland.
1879 (+) Scientist Albert Einstein is born in Ulm, Baden-Württemburg, Germany.
1883 (-) Economist Karl Marx dies of pleurisy at the age of 64 in London, United Kingdom.
1904 (-) Psychotic Murderer Thomas Tobin is executed by Old Sparky in New York, Sing Sing Prison, New York, USA.
1908 (+) Philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty is born in Rochefort-sur-Mer, France.
1914 (+) First Lady of the People’s Republic of China Jiang Qing originally Li Shuméng aka Madame Mao, is born in Zhucheng, Shandong, China.
1923 (+) Photographer Diane Nemerov Arbus is born in New York, New York, USA.
1932 (-) Photography pioneer George Eastman commits suicide by a shot through the heart at the age of 77 in Rochester, New York, USA.
He left a suicide note that read, "My work is done. Why wait?"
1933 (+) Actor Michael Caine is born in London, United Kingdom.
1951 (-) Murderer Jim Q.A. Patterson is executed by Old Sparky at the age of 44 in Texas, USA.
1963 (-) Murderer Manuel E. Silvas is executed by the Gas Chamber at the age of 42 in Florence, State Prison, Arizona, USA.
1972 (-) Anarchist editor and millionaire Giangiacomo Feltrinelli dies in in the bombing of an electricity-line at the age of 45 in Milan, Italy.
1972 (x) 112 Die in Danish charter crash in Arabia.
1979 (x) 200 Die in Hawker Siddeley Trident crash into a factory in Beijing, China.
1980 (-) Ronald Gatlin is sodomised and strangled by William Bonin aka The Freeway Killer, at the age of 19 in Van Nuys, California, USA.
1980 (x) 87 Die in plane crash in Warsaw, Poland.
On board were a 14-man American boxing team.
1984 (-) Double Murderer James David Autry aka Cowboy, is executed by lethal injection at the age of 29 in Huntsville Prison, Texas, USA.
He remained conscious and in great pain for about 10 minutes.
1989 (-) Boxer David Thio dies in the ring after being punched in a coma by Terence Ali during the light-weight championship at the age of 22 in Lyon, France.
1997 (-) Filmmaker Fred Zinneman dies of a heart attack at the age of 89 in London, United Kingdom.
2000 (-) Murderer Ponchai “Kamau” Wilkerson is executed by lethal injection at the age of 28 in Huntsville Prison, Texas, USA.
2004 (-) Muslim prisoner Abd al-Rahman Narzullaev dies in custody under suspicious circumstances after participating in a hunger strike at the age of 44 in Uzbekistan.

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