Thursday, July 8, 2010

8 July 2001 - Antwerpen, Belgium

Abandoned quarters in a lockmaster's house in Antwerpen, Belgium.

1099 (x) 15.000 starving Christian soldiers march around the city in circles as instructed by Desiderius in Jerusalem, Israël.
They had been "crusading" for four years.

1153 (-) 167th Pope Eugenius III originally Bernardo del Paganelli di Montemagno, dies in Tivoli, Italy.

1621 (+) Poet and fabulist Jean de La Fontaine is born in Château-Thierry, Champagne, France.

1623 (-) 234th Pope Gregorius XV originally Alessandro Ludovisi, dies at the age of 69 in Rome, Vatican City, Italy.

1806 (-) Captain James Purrinton hacks to death his wife and seven of his eight children after meditating on his bible, then he slits his own throat in Augusta, Old Belgrade Road, Maine, USA.

1822 (-) Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley is lost at sea on his boat "Don Juan", presumably drowned between Livorno and Lerici at the age of 29 in Italy.
Some say he was depressed and wanted to die. His body washed ashore several days later, and was cremated on the beach, on this occasion his heart was stolen by Edward Trelawny and from then on kept by Mary Shelley for the rest of her life.

1838 (+) Aircraft designer Ferdinand Adolf August Heinrich Graf von Zeppelin is born in Konstanz, Baden-Württemburg, Germany.

1839 (+) Philantropist and industrialist John Davison Rockefeller is born in Richford, New York, USA.

1867 (+) Artist Käthe Schmidt Kollwitz is born in Kaliningrad, Russia.

1885 (+) Designer and film director Paul Leni aka The Forgotten Master, is born in Stuttgart, Germany.

1904 (+) Victim of Fritz Haarmann aka Der Hannover Werwolf, Willi Senger is born in Hannover, Germany.

1908 (+) Philantropist, politician and businessman Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller is born in Bar Harbor, Maine, USA.

1921 (-) Irene Little is slashed to death by Harold Jones at the age of 11 in Abertillery, United Kingdom.
15-year-old Jones had a "desire to kill".

1924 (x) 23-year-old Accomplice of Fritz Haarmann aka Der Hannover Werwolf, Hans Grans is arrested in Hannover, Germany.

1934 (+) Actor Martin “Marty” Alan Feldman is born in London, United Kingdom.
He suffered from Graves Disease, causing his bulging eyes.

1939 (-) Sexuologist Henry Havelock Ellis dies at the age of 80 in Washbrook, Suffolk, United Kingdom.
He suffered from impotence until the age of 60 when he got aroused from seeing a woman urinate.

1943 (-) Hero of the French Resistance Jean Moulin aka Joseph Jean Mercier, is presumably beaten to death by Nazi Klaus Barbie aka The Butcher of Lyon at the age of 44 in Metz, France.

1946 (x) 29-year-old Serial Killer Neville George Clevely Heath aka The Sadistic Romeo, is arrested in Bournemouth, United Kingdom.

1961 (x) 227 Die in Save shipwreck in Mozambique.

1962 (-) Writer and philosopher Georges Bataille dies of cerebral arteriosclerosis at the age of 64 in Paris, France.

1967 (-) Actress Vivien Lady Olivier Leigh originally Vivien Hartley, dies of tuberculosis at the age of 53 in London, United Kingdom.

1970 (+) Musician Beck originally Bek David Campbell, is born in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1978 (x) 51-year-old Filmmaker Kenneth Anger originally Kenneth Wilbur Anglemeyer, is mugged in the doorway of his building in New York, 354 East Ninety-first street, Apartment 9, New York, USA.
He was knocked out for about 1 1/2 hour and stitched up in Metropolitan Hospital.

1981 (-) IRA-member Joe McDonnel originally Seosamh Mac Domhnaill, dies after 61 days of hungerstriking at the age of 29 in Belfast, Maze Prison, Ireland.
He was the fifth to die in the 1981 Irish Hunger Strike.

1986 (-) William Carmen is sexually assaulted and strangled by Kenneth Erskine aka The Stockwell Strangler, at the age of 82 in London, Islington, Clephane Road, Sybil Thorndike House, United Kingdom.

1987 (-) Murderer John R. Thompson is executed by lethal injection in Huntsville, Texas, USA.

1988 (x) Over 100 Die in train derailment in Trivandrum, India.
It drove off a viaduct.

1990 (-) An unidentified boy is attacked by Jeffrey Dahmer aka The Milwaukee Cannibal, at the age of 15 in Milwaukee, 924 25th North Street, Oxford Apartments, Room 213, Wisconsin, USA.

1991 (-) Gangster and Cop Killer Johnny Mottry aka Le Tueur à la Lada, commits suicide by hanging in his prison cell in Metz, France.

1994 (-) Great Leader of North Korea Kim Il-sung dies of a heart attack at the age of 82 in Pyongyang, North Korea.
Many people committed suicide or were crushed to death in mass mourning ceremonies during his funeral.

1995 (-) Hélène Frinking is raped and stabbed to death by Guy Georges aka Le Tueur de la Bastille, in Paris, France.

1999 (-) Triple Murderer Allen Lee Davis aka Tiny, is executed by Old Sparky at the age of 55 in Starke, Florida, USA.
He suffered a nosebleed, burns to his head, leg and groin during the last execution by use of the Electric Chair in Florida.

2003 (x) 117 Die in Sudan Airways Flight 39 Boeing 737-200 crash in Port-Sudan, Sudan.
The only survivor is a 2-year-old child.

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