Sunday, December 16, 2012

16 December 1965 - William Somerset Maugham Dies

1485 (+)   First wife of Henry VIII Catherine of Aragon is born in Alcala de Henares, Spain.

1770 (+)   Composer Ludwig Van Beethoven is born in Bonn, NordRhein-Westfalen, Germany.

1775 (+)   Writer Jane Austen is born in Steventon, Hampshire, England.

1790 (+)   King of Belgium Leopold I originally Leopold George Christian Frederick of Saksen-Coburg-Saalfeld, is born in Coburg, Bavaria, Germany.

1859 (-)  Philologist and folklorist Wilhelm Carl Grimm dies at the age of 73 in Berlin, Germany.

1899 (+)   Actor Noel Coward is born in Middlesex, United Kingdom.

1901 (+)   Anthropologist Margaret Mead is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

1904 (-)  Mrs Cochcrane dies of spontaneous human combustion in Falkirk, Rosehill, Scotland, United Kingdom.

1904 (-)  Barbara Bell dies of spontaneous human combustion at the age of 77 in Blyth, Northumberland, United Kingdom.

1917 (+)   Writer and Space Odysseyist Arthur C. Charles Clarke is born in Minehead, Somerset, United Kingdom.

1917 (+)   Lebanese Statesman Kamal Jumblatt is born in Moukhtara, Lebanon.

1928 (+)   Sf-writer Philip K. Kindred Dick is born in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

1935 (-)  Actress Thelma Alice Todd aka The Bohemian Girl, dies of coal-monoxide poisoning at the age of 30 in Santa Monica, California, USA.
She was probably murdered by persons unknown.

1938 (+)   Actress Liv Ullmann is born in Tokyo, Japan.

1938 (-)  Swindler Philip Musica aka Donald Coster, commits suicide by a shot through the head at the age of 61 in New York, New York, USA.

1944 (-)  Musician Glenn Alton Miller is permanently lost at sea whilst returning from a mission in Germany at the age of 40 in the Atlantic Ocean.

1944 (x)   597 Die in Rex cinema fire in Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium.
The building was caught in a full hit by a V2 during the showing of the movie "Buffalo Bill".

1956 (+)   Musician Lizzy Martine-Elisabeth Mercier Descloux is born in Paris, France.

1960 (x)   134 Die in United Airlines Flight 826 Douglas DC-8 and Trans World Airlines Flight 266 Lockheed L-1049 collision in Staten Island, New York, USA.

1965 (-)  Writer William Somerset Maugham dies at the age of 91 in Cap-Ferrat, France.

1969 (x)  44-year-old Viennese Aktionist Otto Mühl performs his aktion "O Tannenbaum" in Braunschweig, Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Germany.

1970 (x)  16-year-old Religious fanatic Frank Alexander aka The Prophet, is found beating his 39-year-old mother Dagmar and sisters Marina (18) and Petra (15) to death, cutting away their sex organs and nailing them to the walls of Flat 1d at 37 Calle Jesus Nazareno in Santa Cruz, California, USA.
In the meantime his father Harald played the organ.

1976 (x)  36-year-old Spree Killer Gary Mark Gilmore aka The Executioner’s Song, attempts to commit suicide in State Prison, Utah, USA.

1977 (-)  Maryann Carr is suffocated by Richard Francis Cottingham aka The Midtown Torso Killer, at the age of 26 in Ledgewood Terrace, Quality Inn Motel parking lot, New Jersey, USA.

1985 (x)  The 4 only members of the Revolutionary Cellules Communistes Combattantes 33-year old Pierre Carette, 30-year-old Didier Chevolet, 28-year-old Pascale Vandegeerde and 23-year-old Bertrand Sassoye are arrested in a fast-food restaurant in Namur, Namur, Belgium.

1989 (-)  Actor Lee Clarence LeRoy Van Cleef dies of a heart attack at the age of 64 in Oxnard, California, USA.

1993 (-)  Rapist and murderer David Marion Pruett is executed by Old Sparky at the age of 44 in Virginia, USA.

1998 (x)  Serial Child Killer Pedro Pablo Ramirez Garcia aka Carlos Alberto Woods Salazar aka Pedro Pechuga, is arrested in Pereira, Colombia.

2010 (-)  Murderer John David Duty is executed by lethal injection at the age of 58 in McAlester, State Penitentiary, Oklahoma, USA.
He was to be the first US prisoner whose execution included the use of the sedative pentobarbital, commonly used to euthanise animals.

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