Sunday, August 15, 2010

15 August 2007 - Weert, Belgium

A wooden fisherman's house on the old Schelde river in Weert, Belgium.

1769 (+) War leader Napoleon Bonaparte is born in Ajaccio, Corsica.
1771 (+) Writer Walter Scott is born in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom.
1785 (+) Writer Thomas de Quincey is born in Manchester, United Kingdom.
1857 (+) Jack the Ripper-suspect Montague John Druitt is born in Wimborne, Dorset, United Kingdom.
1877 (x) 30-year-old Inventor Thomas Alva Edison makes the first phonograph recording in New Jersey, USA.
He recorded "Mary had a Little Lamp".
1905 (-) Wife-murderer Arthur Devereux is executed by hanging at the age of 24 in London, Pentonville Prison, United Kingdom.
1905 (+) Senior Hygienist, Nazi-Doctor in Buchenwald and typhoid-expert Joachim Mrugowski is born in Rathenow, Germany.
1917 (+) Revolutionary Bishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez is born in Ciudad Barrios, El Salvador.
1925 (+) Actor Mike Connors originally Kreker Ohanian, aka Mannix, is born in Fresno, California, USA.
1930 (-) Murderer Robert Wilkins is executed by hanging at the age of 44 in Washington, USA.
1935 (-) Airplane pioneer Wiley Hardeman Post dies in a plane crash at the age of 36 in Point Barrow, Alaska, USA.
1940 (+) Founding member of the Rote Armee Fraktion Gudrun Ensslin is born in Bartholomä, Baden-Württemburg, Germany.
1944 (+) Musician Sylvie Vartan is born in Iskretz, Bulgaria.
1945 (x) Japan capitulates in WWII after the US dropped 2 Atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan.
1958 (+) Murderess Laurie Lawrencia Bembenek aka Bambi, is born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
1961 (x) 19-year-old Soldier Conrad Hans Schumann aka The First Man to Jump the Berlin Wall, succesfully makes his escape to the West in Berlin, Ruppinerstrasse & Bernauerstrasse, Germany.
1963 (-) Murderer Henry John Burnett is executed by hanging at the age of 21 in Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom.
He was the last man to be hanged in Scotland.
1965 (-) Maria B. is strangled by Zdzislaw Marchwicki aka The Wampir, at the age of 22 in Czeladz-Piaski, Poland.
1967 (-) Artist René François Ghislain Magritte dies of pancreatic cancer at the age of 68 in Brussels, Brabant, Belgium.
1974 (+) Double murderer Tommie Collins Hughes is born in Texas, USA.
1975 (-) Olive Smelt is attacked by Peter Sutcliffe aka The Yorkshire Ripper, at the age of 46 in Halifax, United Kingdom.
She survived.
1977 (x) 69-year-old Head of the SS in Rome Herbert Kappler escapes from a prison hopital in a large suitcase carried by his wife, a qualified nurse in Rome, Italy.
1980 (x) 20-year-old Performance artist Danny Devos aka DDV, performs "First Aid" in Bilzen, Limburg, Belgium.
1982 (-) Karl Bulcke is raped and shot dead by Pascal Bertrand aka The Back-Packer Murderer, at the age of 19 in Rochefort-Montagne, France.
1984 (-) An unidentified boy is stabbed to death by Andrej Tsjikatilo aka The Rostow Ripper, in Rostow, Russia.
1992 (-) Britain’s official executioner Harry Bernard Allen dies at the age of 80 in Fleetwood, Lancashire, United Kingdom.
1995 (-) Murderer Vernon Sattlewhite is executed by lethal injection in Huntsville Prison, Texas, USA.
1997 (x) 37-year-old Multiple Murderer Frederick Martin Davidson aka The Lethal Graduate, opens fire in a classroom while meeting with a panel of professors to defend his master's thesis, shooting to death 3 of the professors in San Diego State University, California, USA.
1997 (x) 30-year-old Serial Killer Sipho Agmatir Thwala aka The Phoenix Strangler aka The Phantom Sniper, is arrested by heavily armed policemen on suspicion of killing at least 19 young women in the Besters squatter camp in Phoenix, Durban, South Africa.
1998 (-) Serial Killer Gary Charles Evans commits suicide by drowning at the age of 43 in Albany, Hudson River, New York, USA.
He kicked out the window of a police van transporting him to court, jumped out and threw himself off a bridge. His hands and feet shackled, he drowned in the river.

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