Tuesday, May 8, 2012

8 May 1999 - Dirk Bogarde Dies

1794 (-)  Scientist Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier is executed by the Guillotine at the age of 50 in Paris, France.
He was accused by Jean-Paul Marat of selling watered-down tobacco and tried, convicted and executed on the same day.

1811 (-)  Murderer Arthur William Hodge is executed by hanging in the West Indies.

1825 (+)   Founder of the Red Cross Henri Jean Dunant is born in Geneve, Switzerland.

1880 (-)  Writer Gustave Flaubert dies of apoplexy at the age of 58 in Croisset, France.

1884 (+)   33rd president of the USA Harry S. (Shippe or Solomon) Truman is born in Lamar, Montana, USA.

1886 (x)  55-year-old Druggist and inventor of Coca-Cola John Stith Pemberton brews his first 'delicious, refreshing, exhilarating, invigorating' beverage and touted it as a 'valuable brain tonic' that would cure headaches, relieve exhaustion and calm nerves in Columbus, Eagle Drug & Chemical Company, Georgia, USA.

1891 (-)  Theosophist Madame Blavatsky originally Helena Petrovna Hahn, dies of complications from influenza at the age of 59 in London, United Kingdom.

1893 (-)  Murderer Carlyle W. Harris is executed by Old Sparky in Sing Sing Prison, New York, USA.

1903 (+)   Actor Fernand Contandin aka Fernandel, is born in Marseille, France.

1903 (-)  Artist Paul Gauguin dies of syphilis at the age of 54 in Atuona, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia.

1904 (-)  Photographer Eadweard James Muybridge dies at the age of 74 in Kingston-Upon-Thames, United Kingdom.

1905 (-)  Gangster Bill Rudolph aka The Missouri Kid, is executed by hanging in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

1906 (+)   Filmmaker Roberto Rosselini is born in Rome, Italy.

1908 (x)  33-year-old Serial Killer Jeanne Weber aka l’Ogresse de la Goutte d’Or, is caught in the act of strangling 10-year-old Marcel Poirot, and is arrested in Commercy, France.

1920 (-)  Black Henry Scott is riddled with bullets for asking a white woman to wait a few minutes in Tampa, Florida, USA.

1920 (+)   Fetish artist Touko Laaksonen aka Tom of Finland, is born in Kaarina, Finland.

1932 (+)   World-champion boxing Sonny Liston is born in Sand Slough, Arkansas, USA.

1933 (x)  63-year-old Indian Leader Mahatma Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi aka The Apostle of Non-violence, starts a 21-day fast in protest against British oppression in India.

1936 (-)  Historian and philosopher Oswald Arnold Gottfried Spengler dies of a heart attack at the age of 55 in München, Bavaria, Germany.

1940 (+)   Writer Peter Bradford Benchley known for ‘Jaws’, is born in New York, New York, USA.

1940 (+)   Musician Eric Hilliard Nelson aka Ricky Nelson, is born in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA.

1944 (+)   Singer-songwriter Gary Glitter originally Paul Francis Gadd aka Paul Raven, is born in Banbury, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom.

1945 (x)  17-year-old Serial Killer Harvey Murray Glatman aka The Pin-Up Killer, is arrested and charged with burglary and first degree robbery in Denver, Vrain Street, Colorado, USA.

1946 (+)   Serial Killer J.C. Simon aka The Red Zebra Killer, is born in San Francisco, California, USA.

1958 (x)   128 Die in train collision in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

1959 (-)  Cop Killer Ronald Henry Marwood is executed by hanging at the age of 25 in London, Pentonville Prison, United Kingdom.

1966 (+)   Victim of Larry Eyler aka The Leather-Boy Killer, Ervin Dwayne Gibson is born in Illinois, USA.

1966 (-)  Manfred Grassman is abducted, tortured and murdered by Jürgen Bartsch aka Der Kirmesmörder, at the age of 11 in Essen-Schonnebeck, Germany.

1968 (x)  34-year-old Gangsters and murderous twins Reginald & Ronald Kray aka The Profession of Violence, are arrested in their flats in Finsbury, City Road, Braithwaite House, United Kingdom.

1973 (x)  All imprisoned members of the Baader-Meinhof-Gruppe / German Stadtguerilla group Rote Armee Fraktion start their second hungerstrike in several prisons in Germany.

1976 (-)  Karin Toepfer is raped and strangled by Joachim Kroll aka The Ruhr Hunter, in Dinslaken, Germany.

1978 (x)  41-year-old Gangster Jacques Mesrine aka Public Ennemy n°1, escapes from the Santé Prison with his accomplices Besse and Carman in Paris, France.

1980 (-)  Gabriela Roesner is raped and strangled by Michael Wolpert aka The Strong Sex Drive, at the age of 23 in Langen, Germany.

1985 (x)  42-year-old Theodore Ted Kaczinski aka The UnaBomber, mails a bomb to the Auburn Fabrication Division of the Boeing Company in Oakland, California, USA.

1988 (-)  Writer Robert Anson Heinlein aka The Dean of Science Fiction Writers, dies of heart failure at the age of 80 in Carmel, California, USA.

1990 (-)  Composer Luigi Nono dies at the age of 66 in Venice, Italy.

1991 (x)  45-year-old Serial Killer Arthur Shawcross aka The Monster of the Rivers aka The Genesee River Killer, is sentenced to 25 years to life imprisonment in Lyons, Wayne County, New York, USA.
It is his 11th consecutive life-sentence.

1993 (-)  Murderer Larry Joe Johnson is executed by Old Sparky at the age of 49 in Starke, Raiford State Prison, Florida, USA.

1994 (-)  Actor George Peppard aka Colonel “Hannibal” Smith, dies of cancer at the age of 65 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1997 (-)  Murderer Scott Carpenter is executed by lethal injection at the age of 22 in McAlester, Oklahoma, USA.
He was the youngest person to be executed since capital punishment resumed in 1976.

1999 (-)  Actor Dirk Bogarde dies of a heart attack at the age of 79 in London, United Kingdom.

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