138 (-) Roman Emperor Publius Aelius Traianus Hadrianus dies at the age of 62 in Balae, Italy.
1584 (-) Prince and Count of Nassau Willem Van Oranje aka Willem De Zwijger aka William The Silent, is shot in the chest by Catholic Frenchman Balthasar Gérard at the age of 51 in Delft, Prinsenhof, the Netherlands.
King of Spain Philip II offered a reward of 25,000 crowns to anyone who killed William the Silent, calling him a "pest on the whole of Christianity and the enemy of the human race". It was the first assassination by use of a handgun.
1856 (+) Engineer Nikola Tesla aka The Man who Invented the Twentieth Century, is born in Smiljan, Austria.
1871 (+) Writer Marcel Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Proust is born in Paris, Auteuil, France.
1888 (+) Artist Giorgio De Chirico is born in Volos, Greece.
1890 (x) Wyoming becomes the 44th United State in Wyoming, USA.
1895 (+) Composer Carl Orff is born in München, Germany.
1919 (-) Murderer Henry Perry is executed by hanging in London, United Kingdom.
1925 (x) 31-year-old Guru Meher Baba originally Merwan Sheriar Irani aka The Silent Avatar, decides to keep silent for the rest of his life.
He communicated with an alphabet board until his death in in 1969.
1936 (-) Murderer Frank Rascon is executed by hanging at the age of 26 in State Prison, Florence, Arizona, USA.
1947 (+) Musician Arlo Guthrie is born in New York, New York, USA.
1958 (-) The heaviest human being recorded in the history of the world Robert Earl Hughes dies of uremia at the age of 32 in Baylis, Illinois, USA.
At the age of six, he weighed about 92 kilograms (200 lb); at ten, he weighed 171 kilograms (380 lb). By the time of his death, he weighed over half a ton.
1962 (x) The Telstar satellite is shot into space in Houston, Cape Canaveral, Texas, USA.
1967 (-) Mary Fleszar is sexually assaulted, stabbed to death and her hands and feet cut off by Norman John Collins aka The Michigan Coed Killer, at the age of 19 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
1970 (x) 30-year-old Serial Killer Mike James Mitchell DeBardeleben aka The Lethal Shadow, marries 18-year-old Caryn in Silver Springs, Maryland, USA.
1972 (+) Murderer Robbie Lyons is born in North Carolina, USA.
1973 (x) 16-year-old Playboy John Paul Getty III is kidnapped in Rome, Italy.
1976 (x) Due to an explosion in the ICMESA-factory, a highly poisonous cloud of Dioxine TCDD escapes in Seveso, Italy.
1977 (-) Maureen Long is attacked by Peter Sutcliffe aka The Yorkshire Ripper, in Bradford, Bowling Black Lane, United Kingdom.
1979 (x) 26-year-old Serial Killer David Richard Berkowitz aka Son of Sam, is attacked with a razor, almost cutting his throat, by an unidentified fellow-inmate in New York, Attica Prison, New York, USA.
1982 (-) Elsbet Warnecke is attacked and raped by Thomas Rath aka The Devil’s Moor Murderer, at the age of 18 in Bremen, Germany.
1986 (-) Miss Hungary Csilla Andrea Molnar commits suicide by an overdose of Lidocaine sleeping-pills at the age of 17 in Fonyod, Lake Balaton, Hungary.
1992 (-) British Chief Executioner Albert Pierrepoint dies in a nursing home at the age of 87 in Southport, Merseyside, United Kingdom.
He executed at least 433 men and 17 women, including some 200 Nazi war criminals.
1997 (x) 52-year-old Serial Killer Arthur Shawcross aka The Monster of the Rivers aka The Genesee River Killer, marries his long time sweetheart Clara Neal in the visiting room in Fallsburg, Sullivan Correctional Institute, New York, USA.
According to the institution's policy, the newlyweds will be able to enjoy conjugal visits. Shawcross used Neal's car to pick up, have sex with, and then kill his victims.
2000 (x) 250 Die in leaking petroleum pipeline explosion in Nigeria.
Villagers had been scavenging gasoline.