Wednesday, December 31, 2014

29th year - N° 365 Wednesday, 31 December 2014

29th year - N° 365 Wednesday, 31 December 2014

31 December / Today's 15 Events:
1679 years ago

Tuesday 31st of December 0335

33rd Pope Silvester I dies of unknown causes in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

500 years ago

Thursday 31st of December 1514

Anatomist and physician Andreas Vesalius, originally Andries van Wesel is born in Brussel, Brabant, Belgium.

137 years ago

Monday 31st of December 1877

Painter Gustave Jean Désiré Courbet dies of a liver disease aggravated by heavy drinking at the age of 58 in La Tour-de-Peilz, Vaud, Switzerland.

116 years ago

Saturday 31st of December 1898

Serial killer Joseph Vacher aka L'Eventreur du Sud-Est is executed by the Guillotine at the age of 29 in Bourg-en-Bresse, Rhône-Alpes, France.

106 years ago

Thursday 31st of December 1908

Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal is born in Buczacz, Ternopil Oblast, Ukraine.

92 years ago

Sunday 31st of December 1922

The Goetheanum, built by 61-year-old Philosopher, social reformer, architect and esotericist Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner aka The Father of Anthroposophy is destroyed by fire in Goetheanum, Dornach, Solothurn, Switzerland.

Steiner's Goetheanum is destroyed by arson during the night of New Year's Eve, 31 December 1922 - 1 January 1923.

66 years ago

Friday 31st of December 1948

Singer-songwriter Donna Summer, originally LaDonna Adrian Gaines aka The Queen of Disco is born in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.

54 years ago

Saturday 31st of December 1960

Serial killer John Allen Muhammad, originally John Allen Williams aka The Beltway Sniper is born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States.

52 years ago

Monday 31st of December 1962

Patricia Bissette is raped and strangled by serial killer Albert DeSalvo aka The Boston Strangler aka The Measuring Man aka The Green Man in 515 Park Drive, Back Bay, Boston, Massachusetts, United States.

48 years ago

Saturday 31st of December 1966

Tuula Hoeoek is presumably battered to death by Satan worshipper and serial rapist Edward Paisnel aka The Beast of Jersey in Rue Laurens, St. Clement, Jersey, United Kingdom.

In July 2013 the case was reopened.

45 years ago

Wednesday 31st of December 1969

Labor leader of the United Mine Workers Joseph Albert Yablonski aka Jock is shot dead in his house by three hitmen hired by a union political opponent at the age of 59 in East Bethlehem Township, Clarksville, Pennsylvania, United States.

Yablonski's wife Margaret and 25-year-old daughter Charlotte were also shot dead. Their bodies were found on 5 January 1970 by Yablonski's son Kenneth.

34 years ago The Medium of the Message was Dead

Wednesday 31st of December 1980

Philosopher Marshall Herbert McLuhan known for “the medium is the message” dies of complications from a stroke at the age of 69 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

32 years ago

Friday 31st of December 1982

Toshimitsu Ozawa is attacked by serial killer Dennis Nilsen aka Killing For Company in 23 Cranley Gardens, Muswell Hill, London, Greater London, United Kingdom.

30 years ago

Monday 31st of December 1984

37-year-old Bernhard Hugo Goetz aka The Subway Vigilante turns himself in for the shooting of four robbers in a subway train in Concord, New Hampshire, United States.

Goetz shot them on a New York City Subway train in Manhattan on 22 December 1984.

28 years ago

Wednesday 31st of December 1986

97 die in Dupont Plaza Hotel fire in Dupont Plaza, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The fire was set with the intention of scaring tourists away by Héctor Escudero Aponte, José Rivera López and Arnaldo Jiménez Rivera, three disgruntled employees of the hotel who were in the middle of a labor dispute with the owners.

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