Wednesday, May 16, 2012

16 May 1990 - Sammy Davis Jr Dies

1611 (+)   240th Pope Innocentus XI originally Benedetto Odescalchi aka The Blessed, is born in Como, Italy.

1836 (x)  27-year-old Writer Edgar Allen Poe marries his 13-year-old cousin Virginia Eliza Clemm for the second time in Richmond, Virginia, USA.

1860 (+)   America’s first Serial Killer Herman Webster Mudgett aka The Torture Doctor, is born in Gilmantown, New Hampshire, USA.

1877 (+)   Criminologist Bernard Henry Spilsbury is born in Leamington, Warwickshire, United Kingdom.

1878 (-)  Mass-poisoness Lydia Sherman aka The Borgia of Connecticut, dies at the age of 54 in the State Prison, Connecticut, USA.
She poisoned three husbands and seven children with arsenic.

1905 (+)   Actor Henry Jaynes Fonda is born in Grand Island, Nebraska, USA.

1915 (+)   Filmmaker Mario Monicelli is born in Viareggio, Tuscany, Italy.

1919 (+)   Entertainer and musician Wladziu Valentino Liberace is born in West Allis, Wisconsin, USA.

1920 (+)   Actress Martine Carol originally Marie-Louise Jeanne Nicolle Mourer, is born in Saint Mandé, Val de Marne, France.

1920 (x)  Heroine Jeanne D’Arc aka The Maiden of Orleans, is canonised as a saint by Pope Benedict XV in Rome, Italy.

1925 (+)   Entertainer Bobbejaan Modest Schoepen is born in Boom, Antwerp, Belgium.

1930 (-)  Gertrud Bell is attacked by Peter Kürten aka The Düsseldorfer Monster aka The Vampire of Düsseldorf, in Düsseldorf, NordRhein-Westfalen, Germany.

1930 (+)   Siemens chairman Karl-Heinz Beckurts is born in Rheydt, Germany.

1938 (-)  Actor Jack Dougherty commits suicide by coal-monoxide-poisoning at the age of 42 in the Hollywood Hills, California, USA.

1940 (+)   Filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci is born in Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy.

1944 (-)  Henry Gein is presumably beaten to death and thrown into a fire by Ed Gein aka Psycho, America’s Most Bizarre Murderer, at the age of 42 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, USA.

1951 (+)   Musician Jonathan Richman is born in Natick, Massachusetts, USA.

1957 (-)  FBI-agent Eliot P. Ness aka The Untouchable, dies of a heart attack at the age of 54 in Cleveland, USA.
In one popular yet false anecdote, he died just as he was about to have the first alcoholic drink of his life.

1966 (+)   Musician Janet Damita Jo Jackson is born in Gary, Indiana, USA.

1975 (-)  Black Power leader Michael De Freitas aka Michael X aka Michael Abdul Malik, is executed by hanging at the age of 41 in Port-of-Spain's Royal Gaol, Trinidad.

1975 (x)  Mountain climber Junko Tabei is the first woman to reach the top of the Mount Everest in Nepal.

1975 (+)   9/11 Terrorist Khailid al-Mihdhar is born in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

1984 (-)  Writer Irwin Shaw originally Irwin Gilbert Shamforoff, dies of prostate cancer at the age of 71 in Davos, Switzerland.

1985 (x)   Unknown number Die in Aeroflot Iljoeshin crash in Sakhalin, Russia.

1987 (-)  Oleg Makerenkow is stabbed to death by Andrej Tsjikatilo aka The Rostow Ripper, at the age of 13 in Swerdlowsk, Rewda, Ural, Russia.

1990 (-)  Entertainer Sammy Davis Jr dies of throat cancer at the age of 64 in Beverly Hills, California, USA.

1990 (-)  Creator of The Muppets Jim Henson dies of a bacterial infection at the age of 53 in New York, New York, USA.

1990 (-)  Dag Drollet is shot dead by Christian Brando at the age of 26 in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, the Brandon Estate, Mulholland Drive, California, USA.

1992 (-)  Astrologer Howard Sasportas dies of aids at the age of 44 in London, United Kingdom.

1993 (x)  7 people are shot dead by persons unknown in a nightclub in Fresno, California, USA.

1997 (-)  Murderer Harry Charles Moore is executed by lethal injection in Oregon, USA.

1997 (-)  Murderer Clifton Belyeu is executed by lethal injection in Huntsville Prison, Texas, USA.

1999 (-)  Spree Killer Günther Ewen commits suicide by a shot in the head at the age of 36 in Luxemburg, Luxemburg.
He was hunted down by German and French police after going on a 3-day shooting spree in which he killed 5.

2002 (-)  Murderer Ronford Lee Jr. Styron is executed by lethal injection in Huntsville Prison, Texas, USA.

2007 (-)  Murderer Charles Smith is executed by lethal injection in Texas, USA.

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