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34th year  -  N° 344                 Tuesday, 10 December 2019         Antwerpen		
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31 events for 15 August:

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    250 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 15th of August 1769

    War leader Napoléon Bonaparte is born as Napoleone di Buonaparte in Casa Buonaparte, Rue Saint-Charles, Ajaccio, Corsica, France.


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    248 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 15th of August 1771

    Historical novelist, playwright and poet Walter Scott is born in College Wynd, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom.


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    234 Years Ago Today

    Monday 15th of August 1785

    Writer Thomas Penson De Quincey is born in 86 Cross Street, Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom.


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    197 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 15th of August 1822

    Wife of Edgar Allan Poe Virginia Eliza Clemm is born in Baltimore, Maryland, United States.


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    162 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 15th of August 1857

    Jack the Ripper suspect Montague John Druitt is born in Wimborne Minster, Dorset, United Kingdom.


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    142 Years Ago Today He Had a Little Needle

    Wednesday 15th of August 1877

    30-year-old Inventor Thomas Alva Edison aka The Wizard of Menlo Park makes the first phonograph recording in Newark, New Jersey, United States.

    Edison recorded 'Mary had a Little Lamp'.


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    124 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 15th of August 1895

    Murderess Virginia Christian is born in Richmond, Virginia, United States.


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    123 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 15th of August 1896

    Inventor Léon Theremin is born as Lev Sergeyevich Termen in St. Petersburg, Northwestern Federal District, Russia.


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    114 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 15th of August 1905

    Multiple murderer Arthur Devereux is executed by hanging by Henry Pierrepoint at the age of 24 in HM Prison Pentonville, Caledonian Road, London, Islington, Greater London, United Kingdom.

    Devereux killed his 25-year-old wife Beatrice Ellen Maud and their 2-year-old twins Evelyn and Lawrence.


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    114 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 15th of August 1905

    Nazi doctor Joachim Mrugowsky is born in Rathenow, Brandenburg, Germany.


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    94 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 15th of August 1925

    Actor Mike Connors known for playing detective Joe Mannix is born as Kreker J. Ohanian in Fresno, California, United States.


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    89 Years Ago Today

    Friday 15th of August 1930

    Murderer Robert Lee Wilkins is executed by hanging at the age of 44 in Washington State Penitentiary, Walla Walla, Washington, United States.


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    84 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 15th of August 1935

    Aviation pioneer Wiley Hardeman Post dies in a plane crash at the age of 37 in Point Barrow, Alaska, United States.

    Along with Wiley also 55-year-old newspaper columnist Will Rogers died in the crash.


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    79 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 15th of August 1940

    Member of the Rote Armee Fraktion Gudrun Ensslin is born in Bartholomä, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.


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    75 Years Ago Today Elle Était une Jolie Poupée

    Tuesday 15th of August 1944

    Singer-songwriter and actress Sylvie Vartan aka La Collégienne du Twist is born as Sylvie Georges Vartanian in Iskrets, Sofiyska Oblast, Bulgaria.


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    64 Years Ago Today

    Monday 15th of August 1955

    Victim of Dean Corll aka The Candyman Donald Wayne Waldrop is born in Alpharetta, Georgia, United States.


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    61 Years Ago Today

    Friday 15th of August 1958

    Murderess Laurie Lawrencia Bembenek aka Run, Bambi, Run is born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States.


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    58 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 15th of August 1961

    19-year-old Soldier Conrad Hans Schumann aka The First Man to Jump the Berlin Wall succesfully makes his escape to the West over the Berlin Wall in Ruppiner Straße and Bernauer Straße, Berlin, Berlin, Germany.


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    56 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 15th of August 1963

    Murderer Henry John Burnett known for becoming the last man to be hanged in Scotland is executed by hanging by Harry Allen at the age of 21 in Craiginches, Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom.

    Burnett was the last man to be hanged in Scotland.


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    54 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 15th of August 1965

    22-year-old Maria Błaszczyk is strangled by serial killer Zdzisław Marchwicki aka The Zagłębie Vampire in Czeladź, Województwo Sląskie, Poland.


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    52 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 15th of August 1967

    Surrealist painter René François Ghislain Magritte dies of pancreatic cancer at the age of 69 in Brussel, Schaerbeek, Brabant, Belgium.


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    48 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 15th of August 1971

    Double murderer James Scott Porter is born in Lake Dallas, Texas, United States.


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    45 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 15th of August 1974

    Double murderer Tommie Tom Andrew Hughes is born in Dallas, Texas, United States.


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    44 Years Ago Today

    Friday 15th of August 1975

    46-year-old Olive Smelt is hit on the head and back with a hammer by serial killer Peter Sutcliffe aka The Yorkshire Ripper in Woodside Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom.

    Smelt survived and required brain surgery.


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    42 Years Ago Today He Fitted in a Suitcase

    Monday 15th of August 1977

    70-year-old Sicherheitspolizei commander Herbert Kappler escapes from a prison hopital in Ospedale Militare Celio, Piazza Celimontana 52, Rome, Lazio, Italy.

    Kappler was diagnosed with terminal cancer. His wife and qualified nurse Anneliese carried him out in a large suitcase (he weighed about 47 kg at the time) and drove him straight to Germany in a red Fiat automobile. Six months after his escape Kappler died at home.


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    39 Years Ago Today They Came to Take Him Away

    Friday 15th of August 1980

    21-year-old Performance artist Danny Devos aka DDV performs 'First Aid' in Bilzen, Limburg, Belgium.

    I wanted to do the performance ‘Ladder-1’ on the roof of a building. Just when I started I was taken down by the security-services.


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    27 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 15th of August 1992

    Chief executioner Harry Bernard Allen dies of unknown causes at the age of 81 in Fleetwood, Lancashire, United Kingdom.


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    24 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 15th of August 1995

    Murderer Vernon Lamar Sattiewhite is executed by lethal injection at the age of 40 in Huntsville Prison, 815 12th Street, Huntsville, Texas, United States.


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    22 Years Ago Today He Was a Pure Coward

    Friday 15th of August 1997

    37-year-old School shooter Frederick Martin Davidson opens fire in a classroom while meeting with a panel of professors to defend his master's thesis, shooting to death 3 of the professors in San Diego State University Engineering Building, San Diego, California, United States.

    The victims were 32-year-old Assistant Professor Chen Liang, 44-year-old Associate Professor D. Preston Lowery and 36-year-old Associate Professor Constantinos LyrintzisDavidson had intended to kill himself after the shootings but could not due to "pure cowardice".



  • 16 Years Ago Today The Eyes had it

    Friday 15th of August 2003

    A night-ride in Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia.



  • 12 Years Ago Today The Eyes had it

    Wednesday 15th of August 2007

    A wooden fisherman's house on the old Schelde river in Weert, Antwerpen, Belgium.



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