Wednesday, December 12, 2018

33rd year - N° 346 Wednesday, 12 December 2018

33rd year - N° 346 Wednesday, 12 December 2018

12 December / Today's 26 Events:
241 years ago

Friday 12th of December 1777

Anatomist, physiologist, naturalist and poet Albrecht von Haller aka The Father of Modern Physiology dies of excessive opium abuse at the age of 69 in Bern, Mittelland, Switzerland.

von Haller supported his failing strength by means of opium since 1973.

197 years ago

Wednesday 12th of December 1821

Writer Gustave Flaubert known for his novel ‘Madame Bovary’ is born in Rouen, Haute-Normendie, France.

171 years ago

Sunday 12th of December 1847

Criminologist Hans Gustav Adolf Gross is born in Graz, Steiermark, Austria.

155 years ago

Saturday 12th of December 1863

Artist Edvard Munch is born in Ådalsbruk, Hedmark, Norway.

143 years ago

Sunday 12th of December 1875

War leader Gerd Karl Rudolf von Rundstedt is born in Aschersleben, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany.

135 years ago

Wednesday 12th of December 1883

Mien Frankenhuizen-Van Der Linden is poisoned with arsenic by serial poisoner Maria Swanenburg aka Goeie Mie in Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands.

118 years ago

Wednesday 12th of December 1900

45-year-old Bigamist and multiple murderer Johann Otto Hoch, originally John Schmidt aka The Bluebeard Murderer marries Amelia Hohn as John Healy in Chicago, Illinois, United States.

117 years ago

Thursday 12th of December 1901

27-year-old Inventor and electrical engineer Guglielmo Giovanni Maria Marconi known for inventing radio realizes the first radio transmission across the Atlantic using a 150m kite-supported antenna for reception-signals in Signal Hill, St John's, Newfoundland, Canada.

105 years ago

Friday 12th of December 1913

Alice Burnham is drowned by serial killer George Joseph Smith aka The Brides in the Bath Murderer in 16 Regent Road, Blackpool, Lancashire, United Kingdom.

103 years ago

Sunday 12th of December 1915

Singer and actor Frank Francis Albert Sinatra aka Ol' Blue Eyes aka The Voice is born in 415 Monroe Street, Hoboken, New Jersey, United States.

101 years ago

Wednesday 12th of December 1917

Serial killer Edward Joseph Leonski aka The Singing Strangler is born in Kenvil, New Jersey, United States.

The Leonski family moved to East 77th Street, New York during Edward's infancy.

101 years ago

Wednesday 12th of December 1917

675 die in train crash and subsequent fire in Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne, Rhône-Alpes, France.

After continuing at dangerous and uncontrolled speeds of up to 135 kilometres per hour for nearly 6.5 kilometres the first coach derailed, causing a pile-up and resultant fire. Because of the fire and impact only 425 of the 675 troops killed could be identified.

84 years ago

Wednesday 12th of December 1934

64-year-old Serial killer, child rapist and cannibal Albert Hamilton Howard Fish aka The Cannibal aka The Werewolf of Wysteria aka The Moon Maniac is arrested in a rooming house in 200 East 52nd Street, New York, New York, United States.

79 years ago He'd Never Felt Better

Tuesday 12th of December 1939

Actor Douglas Fairbanks, originally Douglas Elton Thomas Ullman dies of a heart attack at the age of 56 in Santa Monica, California, United States.

Fairbanks' last words were reportedly "I've never felt better."

78 years ago

Thursday 12th of December 1940

Singer Dionne Marie Warwick is born in East Orange, New Jersey, United States.

72 years ago

Thursday 12th of December 1946

Lucie S. is robbed and beaten by serial killer Rudolf Pleil aka Der Großten Todmacher in Nordhausen, Thüringen, Germany.

S. survived and later was a crucial witness in the trial.

69 years ago

Monday 12th of December 1949

Xenophobic serial bomber Franz Fuchs is born in Gralla, Steiermark, Austria.

66 years ago

Friday 12th of December 1952

Spree killer Billy William Edward Cook aka Billy Boy Cockeyed Cook is executed by the gas chamber at the age of 24 in San Quentin State Prison, San Quentin, California, United States.

53 years ago

Sunday 12th of December 1965

Irena Szrek is strangled by serial killer Zdzisław Marchwicki aka The Zagłębie Vampire in Czeladź, Województwo Sląskie, Poland.

53 years ago

Sunday 12th of December 1965

Victim of Jeffrey Dahmer aka The Milwaukee Cannibal Richard Guerrero is born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States.

34 years ago He Took 23 Breaths

Wednesday 12th of December 1984

Murderer Alpha Otis O'Daniel Stephens is executed by Old Sparky at the age of 39 in Georgia Diagnostic and Classification State Prison, Highway 36, Jackson, Georgia, United States.

After the first jolt of electricity failed to kill him Stephens struggled for eight minutes before a second charge finished the job. The first jolt took two minutes and there was a six minute pause so his body could cool before physicians could examine him (and declare that another jolt was needed). During that six-minute interval Stephens took 23 breaths. He was declared dead 19 minutes after the first surge of electricity hit his body.

33 years ago

Thursday 12th of December 1985

256 die in Arrow Air Flight 1285 McDonnell Douglas DC-8-63CF crash in Gander International Airport, Gander, Newfoundland, Canada.

30 years ago He Made a Cut-up

Monday 12th of December 1988

Erika Namba is abducted and strangled by serial killer, cannibal and necrophile Tsutomu Miyazaki aka The Little Girl Murderer in Naguri, Saitama, Japan.

Miyazaki sent a postcard to her family assembled using words cut out of magazines: "Erika. Cold. Cough. Throat. Rest. Death."

22 years ago

Thursday 12th of December 1996

Multiple murderer Lem Davis Tuggle is executed by lethal injection at the age of 44 in Mecklenburg Correctional Center, Boydton, Virginia, United States.

19 years ago The Eyes had it

Sunday 12th of December 1999

A fine traffic jam in Bangkok, Central Thailand, Thailand.

18 years ago

Tuesday 12th of December 2000

41-year-old Performance artist Danny Devos aka DDV performs 'DDV en Danger' in Ecole Supérieure d'Art, 25 Rue Lesdiguières, Grenoble, Rhône-Alpes, France.

A double glass door with a long piece of wood attached to both sides. Inside two benches are placed on a heap of concrete bricks. On one bench stands a fine selection of art books from the school's library I am stretched out on the other bench. The spectators can choose to open a door and push forward the piece of wood and make the bench tumble over. At first the books go down on the floor after that I go down on the floor.

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