Tuesday, December 18, 2012

18 December 2001 - Gilbert Bécaud Dies

1737 (-)  Violin craftsman Antonio Stradivari dies at the age of 94 in Cremona, Italy.

1863 (+)   Archduke of Austria Franz Ferdinand Karl Ludwig Josef von Habsburg-Lothringen is born in Graz, Austria.

1879 (+)   Artist Paul Klee is born in Munchen-Buchesee, Switzerland.

1879 (+)   Statesman Josef Vissarionowitsch Dzugashvili Stalin is born in Gori, Georgia, Russia.

1890 (+)   Inventor of FM radio Edwin Howard Armstrong is born in New York, New York, USA.

1892 (x)  First performance of the ballet "The Nutcracker" by 52-year-old Composer Peter Ilyitsch Tchaikowsky in St. Petersburg, Marlinsky Theatre, Russia.

1907 (x)  Murderer John Lee aka The Man They Couldn’t Hang, is released from prison in the United Kingdom.

1914 (-)  Margaret Lofty is drowned by George Joseph Smith aka The Brides in the Bath Murderer, in London, Highgate, United Kingdom.

1916 (+)   Pin-up and actress Betty Elizabeth Ruth Grable aka The Girl with the Million Dollar Legs, is born in Santa Monica, California, USA.

1943 (+)   Rolling Stone Keith Richards is born in Kent, United Kingdom.

1946 (+)   Nationalist Leader Steve Stephen Bantu Biko is born in King William's Town, South Africa.

1947 (+)   Filmmaker Steven Spielberg is born in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

1948 (+)   Serial Killer Ed Emil Edmund Kemper aka The Co-ed Killer, is born in Santa Cruz, California, USA.

1948 (-)  Janet Fay is hammered to death by Martha Beck and Ray Fernandez aka The Lonely Hearts Killers, at the age of 0 in Long Island, New York, USA.

1964 (+)   Actor Brad Pitt is born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, USA.

1967 (-)  Child-Murderer Gunther Voltz is executed by the Guillotine at the age of 29 in Metz, France.

1979 (x)  23-year-old Necrophile Karen Greenlee is arrested after an attempt to commit suicide by an overdose of pain-killers in Alleghany, Sierra County, USA.

1980 (-)  USSR-prime minister Alexej Kosygin dies of a heart attack at the age of 76 in Moscow, Russia.

1980 (x)  33-year-old Mass Murderer Freddy Horion aka Beatle, and Roland Feneuille are convicted to death in Gent, East Flanders, Belgium.

1986 (-)  Murderer Richard Andrade is executed by lethal injection in Huntsville, Texas, USA.

1987 (-)  Sound engineer Konrad Conny Plank dies at the age of 47 in Köln, Germany.

1997 (x)  55-year-old Serial Killer Myra Hindley aka The Moors Murderess, is rushed to a hospital only hours after her appeal against having to spend the rest of her life in jail was turned down in Durham, United Kingdom.

2001 (-)  Musician Gilbert Bécaud dies at the age of 74 in Paris, France.

2011 (-)  Writer and president Václav Havel dies at the age of 75 in Hrádecek, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic.

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