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34th year  -  N° 49                 Monday, 18 February 2019         Antwerpen		
Knocking on Heaven's Door
Today's 27 Events:

18 February

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    564 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 18th of February 1455

    Renaissance painter Fra Angelico dies of unknown causes at the age of 60 in Vatican City, Rome, Lazio, Italy.


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    503 Years Ago Today

    Friday 18th of February 1516

    Queen of England and Ireland Mary Tudor aka Bloody Mary is born in Palace of Placentia, London, Greenwich, Greater London, United Kingdom.


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    473 Years Ago Today

    Monday 18th of February 1546

    Theologian and church reformer Martin Luther dies of an apoplectic stroke at the age of 63 in Martin Luthers Geburtshaus, Lutherstraße 16, Eisleben, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany.


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    455 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 18th of February 1564

    Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect and poet Michelangelo dies of unknown causes at the age of 89 in Vatican City, Rome, Lazio, Italy.


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    274 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 18th of February 1745

    Physicist, chemist and pioneer of electricity and power Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta known for SI unit of electric potential is born in Como, Lombardia, Italy.


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    127 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 18th of February 1892

    Tempera painter and presumed mass poisoner Sadamichi Hirasawa is born in Tokyo, Kantō, Japan.


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    123 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 18th of February 1896

    Surrealist writer André Breton aka The Father of Surrealism is born in Tinchebray, Basse-Normandie, France.


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    116 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 18th of February 1903

    Soviet Ukrainian statesman during the Cold War Nikolai Viktorovich Podgorny is born in Karlovka, Poltava Oblast, Ukraine.


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    113 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 18th of February 1906

    Pediatrician Hans Asperger is born in Hausbrunn, Niederösterreich, Austria.


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    100 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 18th of February 1919

    Actor Jack Palance is born as Volodymyr Jack Palahniuk in Lattimer Mines, Pennsylvania, United States.


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    98 Years Ago Today

    Friday 18th of February 1921

    Self-proclaimed Emperor of Central Africa Jean-Bédel Bokassa is born in Bobangui, Ubangi-Shari, French Equatorial Africa.


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    87 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 18th of February 1932

    Film director Miloš Jan Tomáš Forman is born in Čáslav, Bohemia, Czechoslovakia.


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    86 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 18th of February 1933

    Artist Yoko Ono is born in Tokyo, Kantō, Japan.


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    72 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 18th of February 1947

    Victim of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley aka The Moors Murderers Pauline Reade is born in Manchester, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom.


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    70 Years Ago Today

    Friday 18th of February 1949

    69-year-old Olive Henrietta Olivia Robarts Durand-Deacon is shot in the head by serial killer John George Haigh aka The Acid Bath Murderer in 2 Leopold Road, Crawley, Sussex, United Kingdom.

    Haigh stripped Durand-Deacon of her valuables, including a Persian lamb coat and put her into a sulphuric acid bath. Investigation of the sludge at the workshop by the pathologist Keith Simpson revealed three human gallstones and part of a denture which was later identified by Mrs Durand-Deacon's dentist during the trial and conviction.


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    63 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 18th of February 1956

    Member of the Rote Armee Fraktion Horst Ludwig Meyer is born in Schwenningen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.


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    59 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 18th of February 1960

    Rapist and double murderer James Terry Roach is born in Seneca, South Carolina, United States.


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    58 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 18th of February 1961

    36-year-old Satan worshipper and serial rapist Edward John Louis Paisnel aka The Beast of Jersey assaults an unidentified 12-year-old boy in Vingtaine du Mont Cochon, Saint Helier, Jersey, United Kingdom.


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    56 Years Ago Today

    Monday 18th of February 1963

    28-year-old Gertrude Gruen is attacked and raped by serial killer Albert DeSalvo aka The Boston Strangler aka The Measuring Man aka The Green Man in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.

    Gruen survived.


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    52 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 18th of February 1967

    Theoretical physicist Robert Julius Oppenheimer aka The Father of the Atomic Bomb dies of throat cancer at the age of 63 in Institute for Advanced Study, 1 Einstein Drive, Princeton, New Jersey, United States.

    Oppenheimer was diagnosed with throat cancer in late 1965 and underwent unsuccessful radiation treatment and chemotherapy. He fell into a coma on 15 February 1967.


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    49 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 18th of February 1970

    81 die in train derailment in Langa Langa, Benue, Nigeria.


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    47 Years Ago Today He Went to Bed Early

    Friday 18th of February 1972

    26-year-old Artist Chris Christopher Burden starts his performance 'Bed Piece' in Market Street, Venice, California, United States.

    Burden did not speak to anyone during the performance but the curator Josh Young provided him with water, food, and toilet facilities without being asked. 'Bed Piece' lasted until 10 March 1972.


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    37 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 18th of February 1982

    Crime writer Ngaio Edith Marsh dies of undisclosed causes at the age of 87 in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.


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    36 Years Ago Today

    Friday 18th of February 1983

    Fourteen people are gunned down during a robbery by Kwan Fai 'Willie' Mak, Wai-Chiu 'Tony' Ng and Benjamin Ng in Wah Mee Gambling Club, 665 South King Street, Seattle, Chinatown, Washington, United States.

    Only Wai Y. Chin survived the massacre and later testified in court against the three robbers.


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    28 Years Ago Today

    Monday 18th of February 1991

    18-year-old Curtis Durrell Straughter is drugged, strangled and dismembered by serial killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer aka The Milwaukee Cannibal in Oxford Apartments #213, 924 25th North Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States.


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    18 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 18th of February 2001

    Artist Balthasar Kłossowski aka Balthus dies of natural causes at the age of 93 in Grand Chalet, Rossinière, Vaud, Switzerland.

    Prime ministers and rock stars alike attended Kłossowski's funeral including the President of France, the Prince Sadruddhin Aga Khan and Henri Cartier-Bresson.


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    11 Years Ago Today

    Monday 18th of February 2008

    Film director Alain Robbe-Grillet dies of heart failure at the age of 86 in Caen, Normandie, France.