Tuesday, August 31, 2010

31 August 2001 - Oostende, Belgium

The North Sea as seen from the tallest building in Oostende, Belgium.

12 (+) Emperor Gaius Caesar Augustus Germanicus Caligula is born in Antium, Italy.
1422 (x) King of England Henry VI succeeds to the throne at the age of 9 months upon the death of his father in Windsor, United Kingdom.
1867 (-) Writer Charles Pierre Baudelaire aka The Flower of Evil, dies of paresis of the brain due to syphilis at the age of 46 in Paris, France.
1888 (-) Mary Ann Nichols originally Walker aka “Polly”, is ripped open from groin to chest and her throat slashed as first victim by Jack the Ripper at the age of 43 in London, Whitechapel, Buck’s Row, United Kingdom.
1895 (-) Victor Portalier is killed by Joseph Vacher aka L’Eventreur du Sud-Est, at the age of 17 in France.
1906 (+) Victim of Fritz Haarmann aka Der Hannover Werwolf, Wilhelm Schulze is born in Coolshorn, Germany.
1928 (+) Actor James Harrison Coburn is born in Laurel, Nebraska, USA.
1929 (-) Sofie Ruck is attacked by Peter Kürten aka The Düsseldorfer Monster aka The Vampire of Düsseldorf, in Düsseldorf, NordRhein-Westfalen, Germany.
1933 (-) Philosopher Theodor Lessing is murdered by the SS at the age of 61 in Marienbad, Czechoslowakia.
1934 (-) Murderer Louis Sprague Douglas is executed by the Gas Chamber at the age of 47 in State Prison, Florence, Arizona, USA.
1935 (+) Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver is born in Wabbaseka, Arkansas, USA.
1936 (+) Murderer Georges Rapin aka Monsieur Bill, is born in Paris, France.
1944 (+) Murderer George C Mercer aka Tiny, is born in Missouri, USA.
1948 (x) 31-year-old Actor Robert Charles Durman Mitchum is arrested for smoking marihuana in Laurel Canyon, USA.
1949 (+) Actor Richard Gere is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
1955 (-) Multiple Murderer Lester Edward Bartholomew is executed by the Gas Chamber at the age of 38 in State Prison, Florence, Arizona, USA.
He killed his wife, 3-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter
1963 (-) Artist Georges Braque dies at the age of 81 in Paris, France.
1966 (x) 96 Die in British airliner crash in Belgrado, Yugoslavia.
1966 (+) Murderer Michael E. Sexton is born in North Carolina, USA.
1969 (+) Serial Killer Andrew Phillip Cunanan aka American Gigolo/American Psycho, is born in California, USA.
1973 (-) Filmmaker John Ford originally John Martin Feeney aka Sean O’Fenna, dies of stomach cancer at the age of 78 in Palm Desert, California, USA.
1981 (x) The German Stadtguerilla group Rote Armee Fraktion bomb the Nato-headquarters in Ramstein, Germany.
1982 (-) Konrad Mayer is shot dead by Pascal Bertrand aka The Back-Packer Murderer, at the age of 26 in Bordeaux, France.
1983 (-) Ralph Calise is beaten and stabbed to death by Larry Eyler aka The Leather-Boy Killer, at the age of 28 in Lake Forest, Illinois, USA.
1985 (x) 25-year-old Serial Killer Richard ‘Ricky’ Ramirez aka The Nightstalker, is recognized and chased by the Hispanic community, beaten up and finally arrested by a patrolman named Ramirez in East Los Angeles, Hubbard Street, California, USA.
1986 (x) 423 Die in Admiral Nakhinov passenger liner and Pyotr Vasev bulk carrier collision in the Black Sea.
1986 (-) Artist Henry Spencer Moore dies at the age of 88 in Much Hadham, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom.
1987 (x) 83 Die in Thai Airlines Boeing crash in Phuket, Thailand.
1990 (-) Murderer George Gilmore is executed by lethal injection at the age of 44 in Missouri, USA.
1993 (-) Murderer Richard Wilkerson is executed by lethal injection in Huntsville Prison, Texas, USA.
1995 (-) Kidnapper and murderer Barry Lee Fairchild is executed by lethal injection at the age of 41 in Grady, Varner Unit, Arkansas, USA.
1997 (-) Princess Diana Frances Spencer aka Lady Di, dies in a car crash at the age of 36 in Paris, Cours Albert 1er underpass, France.
In the same vehicle also her lover Dodi Al Fayed, and the french driver, Henri Paul, were killed. The Mercedes S280 was leaving from the Ritz Hotel, tailed by a bunch of photographers on motorcycles. The vehicle crashed at a presumed 150 kph in a tunnel under the Seine river.
2001 (-) Murderer Ronald W. Frye is executed by lethal injection at the age of 42 in Raleigh State Prison, North Carolina, USA.
2002 (-) Musician Lionel Leo Hampton dies of congenital heart failure at the age of 94 in New York, New York, USA.
2005 (x) 1199 Die in Al-Aaimmah bridge stampede in Baghdad, Iraq.
2006 (-) Double murderer Derrick Frazier is executed by lethal injection in Huntsville Prison, Texas, USA.
2009 (-) Artist Barry Flanagan dies of motor neurone disease at the age of 68 in Ibiza, Spain.

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