Saturday, July 30, 2016

31st year - N° 212 Saturday, 30 July 2016

31st year - N° 212 Saturday, 30 July 2016

30 July / Today's 15 Events:
198 years ago

Thursday 30th of July 1818

Poet and writer Emily Jane Brontë aka Ellis Bell known for her novel Wuthering Heights is born in Thornton, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom.

153 years ago

Thursday 30th of July 1863

Automobile manufacturing pioneer Henry Ford is born in Greenfield Township, Michigan, United States.

101 years ago

Friday 30th of July 1915

Lieutenant in the New York City Police Department, racketeer and murderer Charles Becker is executed by Old Sparky at the age of 45 in Sing Sing Prison, Ossining, New York, United States.

Becker's electrocution took nine minutes, causing him intense agony, and was described for years afterward as "the clumsiest execution in the history of Sing Sing."

79 years ago He Died a Modern Daniel in Freddie's Den

Friday 30th of July 1937

Entertainer, priest and womanizer Harold Francis Davidson aka The Prostitutes' Padre dies of a broken neck at the age of 62 in Skegness, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom.

Two days earlier he was attacked by a lion during a stage act 'Daniel in a Modern Lion's Den'. Davidson gave his usual speech before entering the cage in which two lions, Freddie and Toto, were sitting quietly. Freddie became agitated and knocked Davidson over before seizing him by the neck and running with him around the cage. 16-year-old tamer Irene Somner struggled to pacify the snarling Freddie who eventually dropped th e unconscious Davidson, enabling her to drag him to safety; he was badly gashed and had suffered a broken bone in his neck.

77 years ago

Sunday 30th of July 1939

Film director Peter Bogdanovich is born in Kingston, New York, United States.

75 years ago

Wednesday 30th of July 1941

Singer-songwriter Paul Albert Anka is born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

59 years ago

Tuesday 30th of July 1957

Victim of Dean Corll aka The Candyman David William Hilligiest is born in Houston, Texas, United States.

56 years ago

Saturday 30th of July 1960

35-year-old Satan worshipper and serial rapist Edward John Louis Paisnel aka The Beast of Jersey assaults an unidentified 8-year-old boy in La Blinerie, Saint Helier, Jersey, United Kingdom.

47 years ago

Wednesday 30th of July 1969

Unidentified serial killer Zodiac writes a 3-part cipher and letter to the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner and Vallejo Times-Herald newspapers in San Francisco, California, United States.

47 years ago

Wednesday 30th of July 1969

22-year-old Serial killer John Norman Collins, originally John Chapman aka The Ypsilanti Killer is arrested in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States.

41 years ago

Wednesday 30th of July 1975

62-year-old Labour union leader Jimmy James Riddle Hoffa is abducted from a parking lot and never seen again in Machus Red Fox Restaurant, 6676 Telegraph Road, Bloomfield Township, Detroit, Michigan, United States.

Hoffa was declared legally dead in 1982, on the seventh anniversary of his disappearance when he would have been aged 69.

36 years ago

Wednesday 30th of July 1980

21-year-old Performance artist Danny Devos aka DDV starts his performance 'Illegal' in ICC, Meir 50, Antwerpen, Antwerpen, Belgium.

On 30 July 1980 I mailed out invitations to friends and acquaintances to search me in the International Cultural Centre. Then I went in hiding inside the building, without food, drink and with sleeping-tablets at hand. On 2 August 1980 I was found by Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven aka AMVK.

15 years ago

Monday 30th of July 2001

34-year-old Suicide bomber Muriel Degauque aka Maryam marries 28-year-old Issam Goris in Mosquée Al Hidaya, Rue Jules Destrée 71, Charleroi, Hainaut, Belgium.

13 years ago The Eyes had it

Wednesday 30th of July 2003

A giant Buddha statue in a temple in Singapore, Singapore.

9 years ago

Monday 30th of July 2007

Film director Ingmar Ernst Bergman dies of natural causes at the age of 89 in Fårö, Gotland, Sweden.

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