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33rd year  -  N° 17                 Wednesday, 17 January 2018         Antwerpen		
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Today's 11 Events:

17 January

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    267 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 17th of January 1751

    Composer Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni dies of diabetes mellitus at the age of 80 in Venezia, Veneto, Italy.


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    144 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 17th of January 1874

    Chang of the Siamese twins Chang and Eng Bunker dies of a stroke due to pneumonia, and three hours later Eng dies of fear at the age of 63 in Mount Airy, North Carolina, United States.

    Connected through a 15cm thick navelstring, a doctor was summoned to perform an emergency separation of Chang and Eng Bunker but he was too late. Dying of fear is characterised by an overfull-bladder and a lifted right testicle.


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    121 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 17th of January 1897

    Doctor and serial killer Marcel André Henri Félix Petiot aka The Triangular Chamber of Death Murderer is born in 100 Rue de Paris, Auxerre, Yonne, France.


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    99 Years Ago Today

    Friday 17th of January 1919

    460 die in Chaonia steamer shipwreck in the Strait of Messina, Italy.

    The ship struck a floating mine by moonlight 40 miles off the Messina lighthouse.


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    68 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 17th of January 1950

    11 gangsters rob $1.218.211,29 in cash, and over $1.5-million in checks, money orders and other securities in Brink's Building, 600 Commercial Street, Boston, North End, Massachusetts, United States.

    Although all of the gangsters were captured and put on trial only 58.000 Dollars were ever recovered. The rest is fabled to be hidden in the hills north of Grand Rapids, Minnesota.


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    62 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 17th of January 1956

    22-year-old Serial killer Juan Vallejo Corona aka The Machete Murderer is committed an asylum, diagnosed with schizophrenia and paranoia in DeWitt State Hospital, Auburn, California, United States.

    During his treatment Corona was given 23 electroshocks in three months time.


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    48 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 17th of January 1970

    Student Régis Tall commits suicide by self-immolation at the age of 17 in Lycée Gaston Berger, Avenue Gaston Berger, Lille, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France.


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    43 Years Ago Today

    Friday 17th of January 1975

    40-year-old Serial killer Joseph Kallinger aka The Shoemaker and his 13-year-old son Michael are arrested and charged with rape, robbery and murder in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.


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    16 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 17th of January 2002

    43-year-old Performance artist Danny Devos aka DDV performs 'Only the Lonely' at the 'Bordello' event in Oudemansstraat 13, Antwerpen, Antwerpen, Belgium.

    In an abandoned brothel I lay on the floor in one of the back rooms. The door was slightly ajar and people could only see the performance by sticking their head inside. I made a machine with a cast of my hand that caressed my back until it bled. A cassette player played Roy Orbison’s ‘Only the Lonely’ all the time.



  • 16 Years Ago Today The Eyes had it

    Thursday 17th of January 2002

    An abandoned brothel where I performed 'Only the Lonely' in Oudemansstraat 13, Antwerpen, Antwerpen, Belgium.


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    12 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 17th of January 2006

    Triple murderer Clarence Ray Allen is executed by lethal injection at the age of 76 in San Quentin State Prison, San Quentin, California, United States.

    Allen's last meal consisted of Buffalo steak and frybread as well as a bucket of KFC white-meat-only chicken, sugar-free pecan pie, sugar-free walnut ice cream and whole milk. The ice-cream was left out to thaw for one hour, which he turned into a milkshake by hand.