Monday, July 12, 2010

12 July 2003 - Hong Kong

A Lotus pond near the Tea Museum in Central Hong Kong.

1536 (-) Humanist Desiderius Roterodamus Erasmus originally Gerrit Gerritszoon, dies of dysentery at the age of 69 in Basel, Switzerland.

1543 (x) 52-year-old King of England Henry VIII marries his sixth wife Catherine Parr in Hampton Court Palace, United Kingdom.

1817 (+) Writer and pacifist Henry David Thoreau is born in Concord, Massachussets, USA.

1854 (+) Photography pioneer George Eastman is born in Waterville, New York, USA.

1880 (+) Filmmaker Tod Charles Albert Browning is born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

1882 (-) Composer Alfred Humphreys Pease dies at the age of 44 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

1884 (+) Artist Amadeo Clemente Modigliani is born in Livorno, Tuscany, Italy.

1904 (+) Poet Pablo Neruda originally Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto, is born in Parral, Chili.

1918 (x) 621 Die in Japanese Imperial Navy Kawachi destroyer explosion in Shunan, Honshu, Japan.

1926 (-) Writer, traveler and political analyst Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell aka The Uncrowned Queen of Iraq, commits suicide by an overdose of sleeping-pills at the age of 58 in Baghdad, Iraq.

1935 (-) French-Jewish officer Alfred Dreyfus dies at the age of 75 in Paris, France.

1937 (+) Actor Bill William Henry Cosby is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

1951 (+) Actress Cheryl Ladd originally Cheryl Stoppelmoor, is born in Huron, South Dakota, USA.

1958 (x) Serial Rapist Ted Edward John Louis Paisnel aka The Beast of Jersey, attacks and rapes an unidentified 31-year-old woman in La Rozelle, Jersey.

1963 (-) Pauline Reade is abducted and her head smashed with a shovel by The Moors Murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, at the age of 16 in Gorton, United Kingdom.
On 2 july 1987 Ian Brady returned to the Moors where he pinpointed her grave.

1969 (-) Maria Hettgen is throttled and raped by Joachim Kroll aka The Ruhr Hunter, at the age of 61 in Essen, Werden, NordRhein-Westfalen, Germany.

1971 (x) 37-year-old Serial Killer Juan Vellejo Corona aka The Machete Murderer, is indicted with a 25 murder count in Yuba City, California, USA.

1979 (-) Supreme Maffia-boss Carmine Galante aka Lillo the Cigar, is shot dead while eating spaghetti in an Italian restaurant at the age of 69 in New York, New York, USA.

1979 (x) Over 80 Die in Corona de Aragon hotel fire in Zaragossa, Spain.

1986 (-) Trevor Thomas is strangled in his bath by Kenneth Erskine aka The Stockwell Strangler, at the age of 75 in London, Clapham, Jefferys Road, Barton Court, United Kingdom.

1989 (x) 31-year-old Spree Killer Christian Dornier shoots 14 people, including his mother and sister, to death in Luxiol, France.
He is found badly injured in a head-on car collision.

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