Saturday, July 2, 2016

31st year - N° 184 Saturday, 2 July 2016

31st year - N° 184 Saturday, 2 July 2016

2 July / Today's 13 Events:
238 years ago

Thursday 2nd of July 1778

Philosopher, writer and composer Jean-Jacques Rousseau dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 66 in Ermenonville, Oise, France.

139 years ago

Monday 2nd of July 1877

Writer Hermann Karl Hesse aka Emil Sinclair known for his novel Steppenwolf is born in Marktplatz 6, Calw, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

111 years ago

Sunday 2nd of July 1905

14-year-old Serial killer, rapist, arsonist and burglar Carl Panzram aka A Journal of Murder sets fire to the blacksmith shop and a warehouse in State Training School, Red Wing, Minnesota, United States.

94 years ago

Sunday 2nd of July 1922

Fashion designer Pierre Cardin, originally Pietro Cardin is born in San Biagio di Callalta, Treviso, Italy.

85 years ago He Longed for the Pleasure to End All Pleasures

Thursday 2nd of July 1931

Serial killer Peter Kürten aka The Vampire of Düsseldorf is executed by the Guillotine at the age of 48 in Klingelputz Gefängnis, Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.

Kürten's last words were: "Tell me, after my head has been chopped off, will I still be able to hear, at least for a moment, the sound of my own blood gushing from the stump of my neck? That would be the pleasure to end all pleasures." Kürten's mummified head is part of the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum collection in Wisconsin Dells.

84 years ago

Saturday 2nd of July 1932

Actress and sex symbol Jean Harlow, originally Harlean Harlow Carpenter aka The Blonde Bombshell is executed by the Guillotine in Hollywood, California, United States.

Two months later Bern shot himself through the head.

79 years ago

Friday 2nd of July 1937

Aviation pioneer Amelia Mary Earhart disappears during an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in a Lockheed Model 10 Electra at the age of 40 in Howland Island, United States.

Earhart was declared legally dead on 5 January 1939.

55 years ago His Death Was not Accidental

Sunday 2nd of July 1961

Writer Ernest Miller Hemingway commits suicide by a shot in his mouth at the age of 62 in Hemingway House, Ketchum, Idaho, United States.

Hemingway unlocked the basement storeroom where his guns were kept went upstairs to the front entrance foyer and "pushed two shells into the twelve-gauge Boss shotgun, put the end of the barrel into his mouth, pulled the trigger and blew out his brains".

52 years ago

Thursday 2nd of July 1964

39-year-old Wiener Aktionist Otto Muehl performs 'Materialaktion nr. 10 / Das Stillleben / Aufführung mit Pferdekopf' in Perinetkeller, Perinetgasse 1, Wien, Wien, Austria.

40 years ago

Friday 2nd of July 1976

Marion Ketter is sexually assaulted, strangled and partly eaten by serial killer Joachim Kroll aka Jockel aka Der Ruhrkannibale in Friesenstraße 11, Laar, Duisburg, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.

Upon Kroll's arrest a boiling pot with Ketter's two hands, two feet and an arm were found boiling with carrots and potatoes in his kitchen. The rest of her body was packed in plastic bags in the freezer.

39 years ago They Heard a Triple Moan of Descending Pitch

Saturday 2nd of July 1977

Writer Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov aka Vladimir Sirin known for Lolita dies of bronchial congestion at the age of 78 in Montreux, Vaud, Switzerland.

34 years ago It Was Something He Had to Do

Friday 2nd of July 1982

33-year-old Truck driver Larry Lawrence Richard Walters aka Lawnchair Larry aka The Lawn Chair Pilot pilotes an aluminium lawn chair attached to 45 helium weather balloons, dubbed 'Inspiration I', 15.000 feet high in 1633 W. 7th Street, San Pedro, California, United States.

Walters and his girlfriend Carol Van Deusen purchased 45 eight-foot weather balloons and obtained helium tanks from California Toy Time Balloons. Walters attached the balloons to his lawn chair, filled them with helium, put on a parachute and strapped himself into the chair in his backyard. He took his pellet gun, a CB radio, sandwiches, soda, and a camera. When his friends cut the cord t hat tied his lawn chair to his Jeep, Walters's lawn chair rose rapidly to a height of about 15,000 feet (4,600 m). He slowly drifted over Long Beach and crossed the primary approach corridor of Long Beach Airport. After 45 minutes in the sky he shot several balloons and then accidentally dropped his pellet gun overboard. He descended slowly until the balloons' dangling cables got caught in a power line, causing a 20-minute electricity blackout in a Long Beach neighborhood. Walters was able to climb to the ground and was immediately arrested by waiting members of the Long Beach Police Department. Just after landing, Walters spoke to the press, saying "It was something I had to do. I had this dream for twenty years, and if I hadn't done it, I think I would have ended up in the funny farm."

17 years ago

Friday 2nd of July 1999

36-year-old Mass murderer Zhao Lianrong is sentenced to death in Beijing, Hebei, China.

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