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38th year  -  N° 34                 Friday, 3 February 2023         Antwerpen		
Is it My Body? Someone I Might Be?




32 events for 12 December:

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    246 Years Ago Today

    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.


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    202 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 12th of December 1821

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


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    176 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 12th of December 1847

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


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    160 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 12th of December 1863

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


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    148 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 12th of December 1875

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


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    140 Years Ago Today

    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.


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    123 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 12th of December 1900

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


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    122 Years Ago Today

    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.


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    110 Years Ago Today

    Friday 12th of December 1913

    25-year-old 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.


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    108 Years Ago Today He Had Young Blue Eyes

    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.


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    106 Years Ago Today

    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.


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    106 Years Ago Today He Was Singing But not Yet Strangling

    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.


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    89 Years Ago Today

    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.


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    84 Years Ago Today He'd Never Felt Better

    Tuesday 12th of December 1939

    Actor Douglas Fairbanks 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."


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    83 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 12th of December 1940

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


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    81 Years Ago Today They Danced Their Lives Away

    Saturday 12th of December 1942

    99 die in hostel fire in Knights of Columbus Hostel, Harvey Road, St John's, Newfoundland, Canada.

    An estimated 400 people were attending a barn dance in the auditorium. Taking place during World War II the fire is believed by many to have been an incident of enemy sabotage orchestrated by agents of Nazi Germany.


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    77 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 12th of December 1946

    55-year-old 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.


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    74 Years Ago Today

    Monday 12th of December 1949

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


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    71 Years Ago Today

    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.


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    58 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 12th of December 1965

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


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    58 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 12th of December 1965

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


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    39 Years Ago Today 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.


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    38 Years Ago Today

    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.


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    35 Years Ago Today He Made a Cut-up

    Monday 12th of December 1988

    4-year-old 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."


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    28 Years Ago Today The Flow of Solution Was Low

    Tuesday 12th of December 1995

    Double murderer James Michael Briddle is executed by lethal injection at the age of 40 in Huntsville Prison, 815 12th Street, Huntsville, Texas, United States.

    The flow of solution was so low in Briddle's left arm that after eight minutes the needle was removed and placed in his left hand. Eight minutes later the needle had to be placed into his left forearm due to further complications. Twelve minutes later Briddle was pronounced dead.


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    27 Years Ago Today

    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.


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    24 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 12th of December 1999

    Writer and playwright Joseph Heller known for his novel ‘Catch-22’ dies of a heart attack at the age of 76 in East Hampton, New York, United States.



  • 24 Years Ago Today The Eyes had it

    Sunday 12th of December 1999

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


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    23 Years Ago Today

    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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    22 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 12th of December 2001

    Cop killer Vincent Edward Cooks is executed by lethal injection at the age of 37 in Huntsville Prison, 815 12th Street, Huntsville, Texas, United States.


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    16 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 12th of December 2007

    Singer-songwriter and musician Ike Izear Luster Turner known from Ike & Tina Turner dies of a cocaine overdose at the age of 76 in 905 Viewpoint Drive, San Marcos, California, United States.

    The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office reported that Turner had died from a cocaine overdose. "The cause of death for Ike Turner is cocaine toxicity with other significant conditions, such as hypertensive cardiovascular disease and pulmonary emphysema."


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    3 Years Ago Today He Was Called by Death

    Saturday 12th of December 2020

    Writer John le Carré dies of pneumonia at the age of 89 in Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, Cornwall, United Kingdom.



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