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32nd year  -  N° 116                 Wednesday, 26 April 2017         Antwerpen		
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Today's 20 Events:

26 April

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    219 Years Ago Today He Was Not His Father's Son

    Thursday 26th of April 1798

    Romantic painter Eugène Ferdinand Victor Delacroix is born in Charenton-Saint-Maurice, Val-de-Marne, France.

    There is reason to believe that Delacroix' father Charles-François was infertile at the time of Eugène's conception and that his real father was Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord who was a friend of the family and successor of Charles Delacroix as Minister of Foreign Affairs and whom the adult Eugène resembled in appearance and character.


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    152 Years Ago Today He Was the Instrument of His Punishment

    Wednesday 26th of April 1865

    Actor and assassin John Wilkes Booth aka The Man Who Shot President Abraham Lincoln is tracked down and shot dead by Sergeant Boston Corbett in Richard H. Garrett's tobacco barn at the age of 27 in Port Royal, Virginia, United States.

    In Booth's pockets were found a compass, a candle, pictures of five women (actresses Alice Grey, Helen Western, Effie Germon, Fannie Brown and Booth's fiancée Lucy Hale), and his diary, where he had written of Lincoln's death, "Our country owed all her troubles to him, and God simply made me the instrument of his punishment".


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    128 Years Ago Today He Would Be Better Understood in the Future

    Friday 26th of April 1889

    Philosopher Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein is born in Wittgenstein Palace, Alleegasse 16, Wien, Wien, Austria-Hungary.


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    123 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 26th of April 1894

    Nazi leader and Stellvertreter des Führers Rudolf Walter Richard Hess is born in Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt.


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    117 Years Ago Today He Squeaked

    Thursday 26th of April 1900

    Seismologist and physicist Charles Francis Richter known for creating the Richter magnitude scale is born in Overpeck, Ohio, United States.


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    112 Years Ago Today L'Atalante Passait

    Wednesday 26th of April 1905

    Film director Jean Vigo is born in Paris, Île-de-France, France.


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    107 Years Ago Today She Was a Spring Dream

    Tuesday 26th of April 1910

    Silent film actress Lingyu Ruan is born as Ruan Fenggen in Shanghai, China.


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    93 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 26th of April 1924

    18-year-old Robert Witzel is killed and his meat sold by serial killer Fritz Haarmann aka Der Hannover Werwolf in Das Mordhaus, Rote Reihe 4, Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany.


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    92 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 26th of April 1925

    Chocolate maker Michele Ferrero known for inventing Nutella chocolate paste is born in Dogliani, Piemonte, Italy.


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    84 Years Ago Today He Founded a Reign of Terror

    Wednesday 26th of April 1933

    The Gestapo is founded by 40-year-old Reichsmarschall and Nazi leader Hermann Wilhelm Göring in Berlin, Berlin, Germany.

    Gestapo was an abbreviation of Geheime Staatspolizei.


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    75 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 26th of April 1942

    1.549 die in coal mine dust explosion in Honkeiko Colliery, Benxi, Liaoning, China.


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    72 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 26th of April 1945

    Nazi doctor Sigmund Rascher known for his ‘freezing experiments’ on behalf of the Luftwaffe is executed by the firing squad at the age of 36 in Konzentrationslager Dachau, Dachau, Bayern, Germany.

    In an attempt to please Himmler by demonstrating that population growth could be accelerated by extending the childbearing age, Rascher publicized the fact that his wife had given birth to three children even after becoming 48 years of age and Himmler used a photograph of Rascher's family as propaganda material. However during her fourth "pregnancy" Mrs. Rascher was arrested for trying to kidnap a baby and an investigation revealed that her other three children had been either bought or kidnapped. Himmler felt betrayed by this conduct and had Rascher and his wife sentenced to death.


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    67 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 26th of April 1950

    Imaginary serial killer Sture Ragnar Bergwall aka Thomas Quick aka Sätermannen is born in Falun, Källviken, Dalarna, Sweden.


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    65 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 26th of April 1952

    176 die in USS Hobson destroyer and USS Wasp aircraft carrier collision in the North Atlantic Ocean.


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    58 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 26th of April 1959

    Mass murderer Dirk De Winne is born in Scheldewindeke, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium.


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    49 Years Ago Today

    Friday 26th of April 1968

    Collage artist John Heartfield dies of unknown causes at the age of 77 in Berlin, Berlin, Germany.


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    46 Years Ago Today

    Monday 26th of April 1971

    25-year-old Artist Chris Christopher Burden starts his 'Five Day Locker Piece' performance in University of California, Irvine, California, United States.


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    33 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 26th of April 1984

    Musician and bandleader Count William James Basie dies of pancreatic cancer at the age of 80 in Hollywood, California, United States.


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    23 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 26th of April 1994

    264 die in China Airlines Airbus A300B4-622R Flight 140 crash in Nagoya Airfield, Nagoya, Chūbu, Japan.

    There were 7 survivors. 31-year-old Noriyasu Shirai said that a flight attendant announced that the plane would crash after the aircraft stalled.



  • 12 Years Ago Today The Eyes had it

    Tuesday 26th of April 2005

    Scenes of daily life in Vladivostok, Primorsky Krai, Russia.