Tuesday, May 22, 2012

22 May 1978 - Joseph "Joe" Colombo Dies

1667 (-)  237th Pope Alexander VII originally Fabio Chigi, dies at the age of 68 in Rome, Italy.

1783 (+)   Inventor of electromagnets William Sturgeon is born in Whittington, Lancashire, United Kingdom.

1813 (+)   Composer Richard Wilhelm Wagner is born in Leipzig, Germany.

1859 (+)   Writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is born in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom.

1885 (-)  Writer Victor Marie Hugo dies of pneumonia at the age of 83 in Paris, France.

1907 (+)   Actor and filmmaker Sir Laurence Kerr Olivier is born in Dorking, Surrey, United Kingdom.

1907 (+)   Artist Georges Prosper Remi aka Hergé, is born in Etterbeek, Brabant, Belgium.

1914 (+)   Musician Sun Ra originally Herman Poole Blount officially Le Sony’r Ra, is born in Birmingham, Alabama, USA.

1915 (x)   227 Die in three train collision in Gretna Green, Scotland, United Kingdom.

1924 (+)   Musician Charles Aznavour originally Shahnour Vaghinagh Aznavourian, is born in Paris, France.

1925 (+)   Artist Jean Tinguely is born in Fribourg, Switzerland.

1925 (-)  Murderer L. W. Peare is executed by hanging at the age of 67 in Oregon, USA.
He went on a moonshine spree and killed his wife among others.

1925 (-)  Murderer Arthur Covell is executed by hanging at the age of 44 in Oregon, USA.

1930 (+)   Public supervisor and gay rights activist Harvey Bernard Milk is born in Woodmere, New York, USA.

1940 (+)   Actor Michael Jacques Andre Sarrazin known from “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?”, is born in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

1942 (+)   Theodore Ted Kaczinski aka The UnaBomber, is born in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

1951 (+)   Serial Killer Kenneth Alessio Bianchi aka The Hillside Strangler, is born in Rochester, New York, USA.

1957 (-)  Wife murderer Leonard Coey is executed by the Gas Chamber at the age of 58 in State Prison, Florence, Arizona, USA.

1957 (+)   Murderer John Dennis Daniels is born in North Carolina, USA.

1960 (+)   Victim of Peter Sutcliffe aka The Yorkshire Ripper, Jacqueline Hill is born in the United Kingdom.

1962 (-)  Robber and mass murderer Thomas G. Doty blows up Continental Airlines Flight 11 Boeing 707 as an insurance fraud in Unionville, Missouri, USA.
37 other passengers and 7 crew also died in the explosion.

1964 (-)  Spree killer Reuben Rolle commits suicide by a shot through the head at the age of 30 in Nassau, Bahamas.
He first shot 6 people in the Grove Club.

1967 (x)   252 Die in L’Innovation department store fire in Brussels, Brabant, Belgium.
The fire inspired the Baader-Meinhof-Gruppe to use this kind of disaster as a terrorist action, something they would actually do less than a year later.

1968 (x)   99 Die in USS Scorpion nuclear submarine shipwreck in the Atlantic.

1970 (+)   Fashion Model Naomi Campbell is born in Streatham, South London, United Kingdom.

1971 (x)  26-year-old Serial Killer Dennis Lynn Rader aka The BTK Killer, marries Paula Dietz in Park City, Kansas, USA.

1972 (x)  Ceylon adopts a new constitution and changes its name to Sri Lanka .

1972 (+)   Triple murderer Riley Dobi Noel is born in Arkansas, USA.

1978 (-)  Mafia-leader Joseph “Joe” Colombo dies after vegetating for seven years after being shot in the head at the age of 63 in New York, Blooming Grove, New York, USA.

1980 (-)  Leslie O’Dell is tortured by Richard Francis Cottingham aka The Midtown Torso Killer, at the age of 18 in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, USA.
They spent 3 hours of rape and sexual torture in room 117 of the Quality Inn Motel, Cottingham was arrested later that day.

1981 (x)  34-year-old Serial Killer Peter Sutcliffe aka The Yorkshire Ripper, is convicted to life-imprisonment for killing 13 women in London, Old Bailey, United Kingdom.

1981 (x)  23-year-old Serial Killer Wayne Bertram Williams aka The Atlanta Child Murderer, is questioned by the police near the Chattahoochee River where three days later the body of 27-year-old Nathaniel Cater was found in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

1981 (x)  25-year-old IRA-member Kieran Doherty originally Ciaran O Dochartaigh, starts hungerstriking in Belfast, Maze Prison, Ireland.

1982 (-)  Angela Marks is raped and stabbed to death by Thomas Rath aka The Devil’s Moor Murderer, at the age of 18 in Bremen, Germany.

1987 (-)  Murderer Richard Tucker is executed by Old Sparky at the age of 44 in Georgia, USA.

1990 (-)  Boxer Rocky Graziano originally Thomas Rocco Barbella, dies of cardiopulmonary failure at the age of 71 in New York City, New York, USA.

1992 (-)  Murder-instigator Robert Black is executed by lethal injection in Huntsville Prison, Texas, USA.
He hired John Wayne Hearn to kill his wife Sandra.

1992 (x)  66-year-old TV-host Johnny Carson presents his last show on NBC in Hollywood, California, USA.
For the last time America heard "Heeeeeeere's Johnny!".

1997 (-)  Poet Herman De Coninck dies of a heart attack at the age of 53 in Lissabon, Portugal.

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

2002 (-)  Murderer Johnny Joe Martinez is executed by lethal injection in Huntsville Prison, Texas, USA.

2007 (-)  Murderer Robert Comer is executed by lethal injection in Arizona, USA.

2010 (x)   158 Die in Air India Express Flight IX-812 Boeing 737-800 crash in Bajpe Airport, Mangalore, India.
Seven people survived. The plane skidded off the landing strip because the pilot fell asleep.

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