Wednesday, October 18, 2017

32nd year - N° 291 Wednesday, 18 October 2017

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32nd year - N° 291 Wednesday, 18 October 2017

18 October / Today's 17 Events:
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514 years ago

Sunday 18th of October 1503

215th Pope Pius III, originally Francesco Todeschini Piccolomini dies of an ulcer in the leg at the age of 64 in Vatican City, Rome, Lazio, Italy.

Pius III had been on his deathbed with gout since 13 October. Some alleged Pius III died of poison administered at the instigation of Pandolfo Petrucci, the ruler of Siena.


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240 years ago

Saturday 18th of October 1777

Poet and writer Heinrich Bernd Wilhelm von Kleist is born in Frankfurt an der Oder, Brandenburg, Germany.


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166 years ago

Saturday 18th of October 1851

The novel 'Moby Dick' by 32-year-old Writer Herman Melville known for his novel ‘Moby-Dick’ is first published as 'The Whale' by Richard Bentley in London, Greater London, United Kingdom.


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119 years ago

Tuesday 18th of October 1898

Singer, diseuse and actress Lotte Lenya, originally Karoline Wilhelmine Charlotte Blamauer is born in Ameisgasse 38, Penzing, Wien, Wien, Austria.


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91 years ago

Monday 18th of October 1926

Actor Klaus Kinski, originally Klaus Gunther Nakszynski is born in Zoppot, Pomorze Wschodnie, Poland.


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91 years ago He Rolled Over Beethoven

Monday 18th of October 1926

Singer-songwriter and musician Chuck Charles Edward Anderson Berry is born in St. Louis, Missouri, United States.


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90 years ago

Tuesday 18th of October 1927

Serial killer Zdzisław Marchwicki aka The Zagłębie Vampire is born in Dąbrowa Górnicza, Województwo Sląskie, Poland.


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78 years ago

Wednesday 18th of October 1939

Assassin Lee Harvey Oswald is born in Old French Hospital, 1818 Orleans Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.


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73 years ago

Wednesday 18th of October 1944

Cop killer Barry Peter Prudom, originally Barry Edwards aka The Phantom in the Forest is born in 39 Grosvenor Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom.


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70 years ago

Saturday 18th of October 1947

Leader of the l'Ordre International Chevaleresque de Tradition Solaire cult Luc Jouret is born in Kikwit, Bandundu, Belgian Congo.


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40 years ago

Tuesday 18th of October 1977

Member of the Rote Armee Fraktion Jan-Carl Raspe is found shot in the head with a Heckler & Koch 9mm pistol in cell 716 at the age of 33 in Justizvollzugsanstalt Stammheim, Asperger Straße 60, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

Raspe was found still alive but died in the hospital hours later. There were no fingerprints found on Raspe's gun and there were no gunpowder traces on Raspe's hands while Raspe was still holding the gun inside his hand when he was found, something considered at least unusual.


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40 years ago

Tuesday 18th of October 1977

Vorsitzender des Bundesverbandes der Deutschen Industrie Hanns Martin Schleyer is executed after being held prisoner of the Rote Armee Fraktion commando Siegfried Hausner for 44 days at the age of 62 in Rue Charles Péguy, Mulhouse, Alsace, France.

Schleyer was taken from Brussels and shot dead en route to Mulhouse where his body was left in the trunk of a green Audi 100.


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40 years ago

Tuesday 18th of October 1977

Member of the Rote Armee Fraktion Gudrun Ensslin is found hanging from a length of speaker cable in cell 720 at the age of 37 in Justizvollzugsanstalt Stammheim, Asperger Straße 60, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

"I am afraid of being suicided in the same way as Ulrike. If there is no letter from me and I'm found dead; in this case it is an assassination."


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40 years ago

Tuesday 18th of October 1977

Leader of the Baader-Meinhof-Gruppe aka Rote Armee Fraktion Andreas Bernd Baader is found shot in the head with a FEG 7.65 pistol in cell 719 at the age of 34 in Justizvollzugsanstalt Stammheim, Asperger Straße 60, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

The autopsy concluded that Baader shot himself to the neck, 3 cm above the hairline in a direction that made the bullet come out through the forehead from a straight trajectory, with a 7.65 calibre pistol which is considered implausible. Moreover the investigation carried out by the ballistic expert Dr Roland Hoffman using Baader's gun showed that the bullet must have been fired from a distance of between 30 and 40 centimetres which is considered likely impossible.


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39 years ago

Wednesday 18th of October 1978

Catalan communist and assassin Ramón Mercader, originally Jaime Ramón Mercader del Río aka Jacques Mornard aka Frank Jacson known for the assassination of Russian Marxist revolutionary Leon Trotsky dies of unknown causes at the age of 65 in Havana, Ciudad de La Habana, Cuba.

Mercader is buried under the name Ramon Ivanovich Lopez in Moscow's Kuntsevo Cemetery.


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34 years ago

Tuesday 18th of October 1983

Four skeletonised victims of 31-year-old Serial killer Larry Eyler aka The Leather Boy Killer are found in Lake Forest, Illinois, United States.


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12 years ago

Tuesday 18th of October 2005

46-year-old Performance artist Danny Devos aka DDV performs '2 Throatstuckers' with Hanggai throatsinger Yilichi in 2 Kolegas Bar, 21 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang, Beijing, Hebei, China.

A music performance using only voices with Hanggai throatsinger Yilichi.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

32nd year - N° 290 Tuesday, 17 October 2017

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32nd year - N° 290 Tuesday, 17 October 2017

17 October / Today's 19 Events:
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188 years ago

Saturday 17th of October 1829

17-year-old Foundling Kaspar Hauser aka The Wild Child is attacked and wounded by a hooded man who also threatened him with the words "You still have to die ere you leave the city of Nürnberg" in Nürnberg, Bayern, Germany.


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168 years ago

Wednesday 17th of October 1849

Composer Frédéric François Chopin, originally Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin dies of tuberculosis at the age of 39 in Place Vendôme 12, Ier, Paris, Île-de-France, France.


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143 years ago

Saturday 17th of October 1874

44-year-old Photographer Eadweard James Muybridge shoots Major Harry Larkyns through the heart because he was dating his 23-year-old wife Flora Shallcross Stone and might have fathered their seven-month-old son Florado in Calistoga, California, United States.

Upon finding Larkyns, Muybridge said, "Good evening, Major, my name is Muybridge and here is the answer to the letter you sent my wife" and shot him point-blank. The jury dismissed an insanity plea and acquitted the photographer on the grounds of 'justifiable homicide'.


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128 years ago

Thursday 17th of October 1889

Gangster and ex-wrestler Juanita Evelita Spinelli aka The Duchess is born in Kentucky, United States.


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125 years ago

Monday 17th of October 1892

SS-Obergruppenführer and first commander of Dachau-KZ Theodor Eicke is born in Hudingen, Lorraine, France.

Eicke was the youngest of 11 children


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119 years ago

Monday 17th of October 1898

Writer Simon Vestdijk is born in Voorstraat 61a, Harlingen, Friesland, Netherlands.


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105 years ago

Thursday 17th of October 1912

263rd Pope Ioannes Paulus I, originally Albino Luciani is born in Forno di Canale, Veneto, Italy.


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102 years ago

Sunday 17th of October 1915

Playwright Arthur Asher Miller known for his play ‘Death of a Salesman’ is born in Harlem, New York, New York, United States.


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99 years ago She Was Baby Love

Thursday 17th of October 1918

Actress and pin-up model Rita Hayworth, originally Margarita Carmen Cansino aka The Love Goddess is born in Brooklyn, New York, New York, United States.


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97 years ago

Sunday 17th of October 1920

Actor Montgomery Edward 'Monty' Clift is born in Omaha, Nebraska, United States.


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87 years ago

Friday 17th of October 1930

Writer Jimmy Breslin is born in Jamaica, New York, United States.


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86 years ago

Saturday 17th of October 1931

First wife of Hermann Göring Carin Axelina Hulda Fock dies of heart failure at the age of 43 in Stockholm, Södermanland, Sweden.


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84 years ago

Tuesday 17th of October 1933

Singer-songwriter Jeanine Deckers aka Sœur Sourire aka The Singing Nun is born in Laeken, Brussel, Brabant, Belgium.


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79 years ago

Monday 17th of October 1938

Daredevil and entertainer Evel Robert Craig Knievel is born in Butte, Montana, United States.


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50 years ago

Tuesday 17th of October 1967

Last Emperor of China Aisin-Gioro Henry Puyi dies of complications from kidney cancer and heart disease at the age of 61 in Beijing, Hebei, China.


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45 years ago

Tuesday 17th of October 1972

27-year-old Serial killer Arthur John Shawcross aka The Genesee River Killer is sentenced to 25 years imprisonment in Watertown, New York, United States.

Instead of standing trial for two child murders Shawcross made a plea bargain with prosecutors that allowed him to plead guilty to the murder of Karen Hill while the charges of murder for Jack Blake were dismissed. In April 1987 Shawcross was paroled and started killing again less than a year later.


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33 years ago

Wednesday 17th of October 1984

Fifth bomb attack by Terrorist organisation Les Cellules Communistes Combattantes aka CCC in C.V.P. Secretariaat, Koning Albertlaan 214, Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

It was the fifth action in their Première Campagne Anti-Impérialiste d'Octobre.


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33 years ago

Wednesday 17th of October 1984

Poet, writer and painter Henri Michaux dies of unknown causes at the age of 85 in Paris, Île-de-France, France.



12 years ago The Eyes had it

Monday 17th of October 2005

My mode of transport on the country roads in Yang Zhen, Shunyi, China.


Monday, October 16, 2017

32nd year - N° 289 Monday, 16 October 2017

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32nd year - N° 289 Monday, 16 October 2017

16 October / Today's 36 Events:
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464 years ago

Friday 16th of October 1553

Painter Lucas Cranach der Ältere, originally Lucas Maler dies of unknown causes at the age of 81 in Cranachhaus, Marktplatz 10, Weimar, Thüringen, Germany.


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426 years ago

Wednesday 16th of October 1591

229th Pope Gregorius XIV, originally Niccolò Sfondrato dies of gallstones at the age of 56 in Vatican City, Rome, Lazio, Italy.


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309 years ago

Tuesday 16th of October 1708

Anatomist, physiologist, naturalist and poet Albrecht von Haller aka The Father of Modern Physiology is born in Bern, Mittelland, Switzerland.


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226 years ago He Began to Feast Once Again

Sunday 16th of October 1791

Russian military leader and statesman Grigory Potemkin, originally Grigory Aleksandrovich Potemkin-Tavricheski dies of fever at the age of 52 in Iași, Moldavia, Romania.

Supposedly Potemkin overate on a ham, a slated goose and three or four chickens.


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224 years ago Elle Était l'Autrichienne

Wednesday 16th of October 1793

Excessive Queen consort of France and Navarre Marie Antoinette, originally Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna is executed by the Guillotine at the age of 38 in Place de la Révolution, VIIIe, Paris, Île-de-France, France.

Marie Antoinette was accused of orchestrating orgies in Versailles, sending millions of livres of treasury money to Austria, plotting to kill the Duke of Orléans, orchestrating the massacre of the Swiss Guards in 1792, declaring her son to be the new king of France, and sexual abuse of her son Louis Charles. Marie Antoinette was declared guilty of treason and condemned to death.


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218 years ago

Wednesday 16th of October 1799

Composer Antoine-Frédéric Gresnick dies of unknown causes at the age of 44 in Paris, Île-de-France, France.


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163 years ago

Monday 16th of October 1854

Poet and writer Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde is born in 21 Westland Row, Dublin, Leinster, Ireland.


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145 years ago

Wednesday 16th of October 1872

Circus acrobat and fantasist Otto Witte known for claiming to be the King of Albania is born in Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.


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136 years ago

Sunday 16th of October 1881

Writer Pelham Grenville Wodehouse aka Plum is born in Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom.


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131 years ago

Saturday 16th of October 1886

First Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion, originally David Grün aka Israel's Founding Father is born in Wspólna Street, Płońsk, Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland.


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129 years ago

Tuesday 16th of October 1888

Unidentified serial killer Jack the Ripper mails a human kidney, ripped from the body of Catherine Eddowes, "From Hell" to George Lusk, head of the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee in London, Greater London, United Kingdom.


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109 years ago

Friday 16th of October 1908

First Secretary of the Party of Labour of Albania Enver Halil Hoxha is born in Hodza House, Rruga Hysen Hoxha 3, Gjirokastër, Qarku i Gjirokastrës, Albania.


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108 years ago

Saturday 16th of October 1909

Murderer Rainey Bethea is born in Roanoke, Virginia, United States.

Bethea became the last person to be publicly executed in the United States.


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90 years ago

Sunday 16th of October 1927

Writer and playwright Günter Wilhelm Grass known for Die Blechtrommel is born in Gdańsk, Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland.


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86 years ago She Mailed Them in a Trunk

Friday 16th of October 1931

Hedvig Sarah Samuelson aka Sammy is stabbed and shot dead by murderess Winnie Ruth Judd aka The Trunk Murderess in Phoenix, Arizona, United States.

Judd also killed Agnes Anne LeRoi in the same event. Judd cut the bodies in pieces and mailed them in trunks to Los Angeles, where they were discovered 3 days later, blood seeping from one of them.


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83 years ago They Had a Long Way to Go

Tuesday 16th of October 1934

130.000 soldiers of the First Red Army, which included the leaders of the Communist Party of China, and civilians led by Bo Gu and Otto Braun begin the Long March and the ascent to power of 41-year-old Communist revolutionary and father of the People's Republic of China Mao Zedong aka Mao Tse-Tung aka Chairman Mao in Yudu, Jiangxi, China.

The Communists traversed over 9.000 kilometers in 370 days under the  command of Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai.


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81 years ago He Grew Up in the Grip of Mass Famine

Friday 16th of October 1936

Serial killer Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo aka The Rostov Ripper is born in Yabluchne, Sums'ka Oblast, Ukraine.


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80 years ago

Saturday 16th of October 1937

Roger LeBlond is shot in the head by kidnapper and multiple murderer Eugen Weidmann aka The Handsome Devil in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Île-de-France, France.


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79 years ago

Sunday 16th of October 1938

Nico, originally Christa Päffgen aka Das Einsame Mädchen is born in Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.


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71 years ago

Wednesday 16th of October 1946

Sex killer Neville Clevely Heath aka The Sadistic Romeo is executed by hanging at the age of 29 in HM Prison Pentonville, Caledonian Road, Islington, London, Greater London, United Kingdom.


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71 years ago He Hanged Those Ten Nazis

Wednesday 16th of October 1946

Nazi leaders 53-year-old Joachim Von Ribbentrop, 64-year-old Wilhelm Keitel, 45-year-old Ernst Kaltenbrunner, 53-year-old Alfred Rosenberg, 69-year-old Wilhelm Frick, 47-year-old Hans Frank, 61-year-old Julius Streicher, 52-year-old Fritz Sauckel, 54-year-old Alfred Jodl and 54-year-old Arthur Seiss-Inquart are executed by hanging for crimes against humanity by 35-year-old Executioner John Clarence Woods in Zellengefängnis Nürnberg, Nürnberg, Bayern, Germany.

Woods may have miscalculated the lengths for the ropes used for the executions such that some of the men did not die quickly of an intended broken neck but instead strangled to death slowly. Additionally the trapdoor was too small such that several of the condemned suffered bleeding head injuries when they hit the sides of the trapdoor while dropping through.


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62 years ago

Sunday 16th of October 1955

Irish republican hunger striker Kieran Doherty, originally Ciaran O Dochartaigh is born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.


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58 years ago

Friday 16th of October 1959

20-year-old Assassin Lee Harvey Oswald arrives in Moscow, Central Federal District, Russia.


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43 years ago

Wednesday 16th of October 1974

35-year-old Karen Wine and her 16-year-old daughter Dawn are raped and strangled by 28-year-old Serial killer Paul John Knowles aka The Casanova Killer in Marlborough, Connecticut, United States.


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36 years ago He Lost His Eye Patch

Friday 16th of October 1981

Israeli military leader and politician Moshe Kitaigorodsky Dayan dies of a heart attack at the age of 66 in Tel Aviv, Gush Dan, Israel.

In 2005 Dayan's eye patch was offered for sale on Ebay with a starting bid of 75.000 U.S. dollars.


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32 years ago It Turned Out to Be More Than Getting a Tooth Pulled

Wednesday 16th of October 1985

Murderer William E. Vandiver is executed by Old Sparky at the age of 37 in Indiana State Prison, 1 Park Row, Michigan City, Indiana, United States.

Vandiver was still breathing after the first administration of 2.300 volts and the current had to be applied three more times before he died.


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26 years ago It Was Payback Day

Wednesday 16th of October 1991

Mass murderer George Jo Hennard, originally Georges Pierre Hennard commits suicide a shot in the head at the age of 35 in Luby's Cafeteria, Killeen, Texas, United States.

Hennard drove his blue 1987 Ford Ranger pickup truck through the plate-glass front window of the cafetaria while yelling "All women of Killeen and Belton are vipers! This is what you've done to me and my family! This is what Bell County did to me...This is payback day!" Hennard then opened fire with both a 9mm Glock 17 pistol and a 9mm Ruger P89 pistol killing 23 people and wounding another 27.


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22 years ago

Monday 16th of October 1995

A Syrian general practitioner is wounded by a bomb sent by 46-year-old Xenophobic serial bomber Franz Fuchs in Stronsdorf, Niederösterreich, Austria.

In all Fuchs sent out three mail bombs that day. At the Poysdorf post office 71-year-old Maria Loley is injured while opening a package. In Mistelbach a South-Korean doctor escapes another mail bomb.


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22 years ago

Monday 16th of October 1995

43-year-old Member of the Rote Armee Fraktion Knut Detlef Folkerts is released from prison in Justizvollzugsanstalt Stammheim, Asperger Straße 60, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.


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21 years ago

Wednesday 16th of October 1996

83 die in FIFA World Cup qualification match between Guatemala and Costa Rica stampede in Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala City, Guatemala.

47.000 soccer fans tried to squeeze in the 36.000 seat stadium, many having bought counterfeit tickets.


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21 years ago She Was at Peace

Wednesday 16th of October 1996

Sharon Rina Lopatka, originally Sharon Denburg is tortured and strangled by murderer Robert Frederick Glass aka Slowhand in Lenoir, North Carolina, United States.

Lopatka met Glass in an internet chatroom and agreed to be killed in a sado-masochistic sex encounter.


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20 years ago

Thursday 16th of October 1997

70-year-old Serial killer András Pándy aka Father Bluebeard is arrested in Brussel, Brabant, Belgium.


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20 years ago

Thursday 16th of October 1997

39-year-old Serial killer Bai Baoshan is arrested in Beijing, Hebei, China.

Baoshan was charged with 14 murders and sent to Xinjiang province for trial.


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13 years ago

Saturday 16th of October 2004

46-year-old Only child of actor Marlon Brando and Anna Kashfi Christian Devi Brando marries 48-year-old Deborah Presley in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

Deborah Presley was an actress who had won the right to be known as daughter of Elvis Presley in 1989 in Tennessee Supreme court. The marriage lasted a short time and was annulled in June 2005.



12 years ago The Eyes had it

Sunday 16th of October 2005

Drying of fresh corn along the country road in Yang Zhen, Shunyi, China.



8 years ago The Eyes had it

Friday 16th of October 2009

My sculpture 'The Beast of Jersey', consisting of a wooden box with two large chicken feet jerking in and out randomly on two metal rods connected to an electric motor inside. It dates from the late 1980's and was still alive and kicking in an exhibition in Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, Brussel, Brabant, Belgium.