79 (x) Mount Vesuvius erupts and covers the cities of Pompeï, Herculaneum and Stabiae in Italy.
1770 (-) Writer and forger Thomas Chatterton commits suicide by arsenic poisoning at the age of 17 in Holborn, Brooke Street, United Kingdom.
1875 (x) 32-year-old Captain Matthew Webb becomes the first person to swim across the English Channel from Dover to Calais in France.
1895 (-) Mme Morand is killed by Joseph Vacher aka L’Eventreur du Sud-Est, at the age of 58 in France.
1915 (+) Science fiction writer Alice Bradley Sheldon aka James Tiptree, Jr., is born in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
1919 (+) Musician Beny Moré aka El Barbaro Del Ritmo, originally Bartolome Maximilliano, is born in Santa Isabel de las Lajas, Cuba.
1923 (-) Heinrich Struß is killed and his meat sold by Fritz Haarmann aka Der Hannover Werwolf, at the age of 18 in Hannover, Germany.
1923 (-) Murderer Dan Casey is executed by hanging at the age of 46 in Oregon, USA.
1929 (-) Gertrude Hamacher and 14-year-old Louize Lenzen are strangled and their throats cut by Peter Kürten aka The Düsseldorfer Monster aka The Vampire of Düsseldorf, at the age of 5 in Düsseldorf, NordRhein-Westfalen, Germany.
1929 (+) Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat originally Mohammed Abdel Raouf Arafat al-Qudwa al-Husseini, is born in Cairo, Egypt.
1939 (-) Frank Dolezal commits suicide by hanging in his prison cell in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County Jail, Ohio, USA.
He was suspected of being the Mad Butcher of Cleveland and badly beaten to force a confession.
1940 (+) Serial Killer Richard Fran Biegenwald is born in Trenton, New Jersey, USA.
1943 (-) Philosopher Simone Weil dies of cardiac failure due to anorexia nervosa at the age of 34 in Ashford, Kent, United Kingdom.
1944 (+) Television reporter Christine Chubbuck is born in Hudson, Ohio, USA.
1962 (-) Cop Killer James Duke is executed by Old Sparky in the USA.
1977 (x) Rubens’ ‘Albrecht von Österreich’ is attacked with acid by Hans-Dieter Muller in Düsseldorf, Kunstmuzeum, NordRhein-Westfalen, Germany.
1981 (x) 26-year-old Murderer David Mark Chapman aka The Man Who Shot John Lennon, is sentenced to 20 years to life in Manhattan, Criminal Court, New York, USA.
1984 (x) The Texas School Book Depository, from where Assassin Lee Harvey Oswald aka The Man Who Shot J.F. Kennedy, presumably operated, is destroyed by arson in Dallas, Texas, USA.
1985 (-) William Carns is shot dead by Richard Ramirez aka The Nightstalker, at the age of 29 in Mission Viejo, California, USA.
1987 (-) Rapist and murderer Sterling Rault is executed by Old Sparky at the age of 36 in Angola, Louisiana, USA.
1987 (-) Supposed Robol scientist Edward Moolenbeek dies in the United Kingdom.
In fact Moolenbeek was a fictional character created by The Hafler Trio.
1993 (-) Murderer Ruben Montoya Cantu is executed by lethal injection at the age of 26 in Huntsville Prison, Texas, USA.
His final request was for a piece of bubble gum, which was denied.
1993 (-) Serial Killer David Edwin Mason is executed by the Gas Chamber at the age of 36 in San Quentin Prison, California, USA.
While being held in county jail awaiting trial, he killed his cellmate. He was the last man to die in San Quentin's Gas Chamber.
1994 (x) Fifth bomb attack by 44-year-old Xenophobic Serial Bomber Franz Fuchs in Klagenfurth, Austria.
A five kg percel-bomb is found near the Rennerschule, it explodes while 3 policemen are transporting it to the airport for closer examination, all three are injured.
2001 (-) Murderer Clifton Allen White is executed by lethal injection at the age of 43 in Raleigh State Prison, North Carolina, USA.
2006 (-) Murderer Justin Chaz Fuller is executed by lethal injection in Huntsville Prison, Texas, USA.