Tuesday, July 17, 2012

17 July 1959 - Billie Holiday originally Eleanora Fagan Dies

1793 (-)  Murderess of Jean-Paul Marat, Charlotte Corday is executed by the Guillotine at the age of 24 in Paris, France.

1816 (x)  The French passenger vessel "Medusa" is wrecked off the coast in Senegal.

1889 (+)   Writer Erle Stanley Gardner is born in Malden, Massachussets, USA.

1899 (+)   Actor James Francis Cagney is born in New York, New York, USA.

1901 (+)   Victim of Fritz Haarmann aka Der Hannover Werwolf, Friedel Rothe is born in Hannover, Germany.

1918 (-)  Last Tsar of Russia and Grand Duke of Finland Nikolaus II and his family are stabbed with bayonets and executed with a shot through the head at the age of 50 in Jkaterinaburg, Ipatiev House, Russia.

1928 (-)  General Alvaro Obregon is shot dead by 26-year-old José De Leon Toral at the age of 48 in San Angel, Mexico.
He was just elected for a second term as president.

1934 (+)   Actor Donald Sutherland is born in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada.

1942 (-)  Greta Kneller is presumably killed by Marcel Petiot aka The Triangular Chamber of Death Murderer, in Paris, France.

1944 (x)   322 Die in ammunition-stock explosion in Port Chicago, California, USA.

1945 (+)   Victim of Harvey Louis Carignan aka The Want-Ad Killer, Eileen Marie Hunley is born in Minnesota, USA.

1946 (-)  An unidentified woman is killed by Rudolf Pleil aka Der Großten Todmacher, in Walkenried, Germany.

1946 (+)   Singer Demis Artemios Ventouris Roussos is born in Alexandria, Egypt.

1947 (x)   630 Die in ferry shipwreck in Bombay, India.

1954 (-)  Presumed murderess of President Felix Faure, Marguerite “Meg” Jeanne Japy-Steinheil aka Lady Abinger aka Mme de Serignac, dies of natural causes at the age of 85 in Hove, United Kingdom.

1955 (x)  53-year-old Filmmaker Walt Walter Elias Disney opens the first Disneyland attraction park in Anaheim, California, USA.

1958 (-)  King Feisal II and his entire family are assassinated during a military coup in Bagdad, Royal Palace, Iraq.

1958 (+)   Filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai is born in Shanghai, China.

1959 (-)  Musician Billie Holiday originally Eleanora Fagan aka Lady Day, dies of cirrhosis of the liver at the age of 44 in New York, Metropolitan Hospital, New York, USA.
She died under police guard on charges of possession of drugs.

1968 (+)   Serial Killer Yang Xinhai is born in China.

1971 (x)  46-year-old Serial Rapist Ted Edward John Louis Paisnel aka The Beast of Jersey, is arrested in St. Helier, Jersey.

1973 (-)  Homer Garcia is killed by Dean Corll aka The Candyman, at the age of 15 in Houston, the Heights, Texas, USA.

1975 (x)   Apollo and Soyoez join in Space.

1975 (x)  39-year-old Serial Killer Fritz Honka is arrested in Hamburg-Ottensen, Zeißstrasse 74, Germany.
After a fire in the apartment below his attic flat, the police found bodyparts of 4 women.

1977 (x)  The villa of 78-year-old War criminal and art collector Pieter Nicolaas Menten is burned to the ground by persons unknown in Blaricum, the Netherlands.

1981 (x)   114 Die in Hyatt Regency Hotel Walkway collapse in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.

1996 (-)  War-criminal Paul Touvier dies of prostate cancer at the age of 81 in Paris, prison-hospital of Fresnes, France.

1996 (x)   230 Die in TWA flight 800 Boeing 747 explosion in Long Island, New York, USA.

2003 (x)  After spending 38 years behind bars 62-year-old Serial Killer Klaus Gosmann aka Der Mittagsmörder, appeals for a release from prison in Regensburg, Germany.
It is denied.

2006 (-)  Writer Mickey Frank Morrison Spillane dies of pancreatic cancer at the age of 88 in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, USA.

2007 (x)   Over 200 Die in TAM flight 3054 Airbus 320 crash in Sao Paulo, Conhongas Airport, Brazil.
The plane skidded off the tarmac into a petrol station.

2009 (-)  CBS Anchorman Walter Leland Cronkite dies of cerebrovascular disease at the age of 92 in New York, New York, USA.

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