BIRTH(+)FACT(᙮)DEATH(-)

38th year  -  N° 34                 Friday, 3 February 2023         Antwerpen		
Nothing but a Shadow on the Wall




31 events for 16 December:

  • (+)
    538 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 16th of December 1485

    Princess of Wales and first wife of Henry VIII Catalina de Aragón is born in Palacio Arzobispal, Alcalá de Henares, Área metropolitana de Madrid, Spain.


  • (+)
    253 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 16th of December 1770

    Composer Ludwig van Beethoven is born in Bonngasse 20, Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.


  • (+)
    248 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 16th of December 1775

    Writer Jane Austen is born in Steventon, Hampshire, United Kingdom.


  • (+)
    233 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 16th of December 1790

    1st King of Belgium Leopold I is born as Leopold George Christian Frederick of Saksen-Coburg-Saalfeld in Ehrenburg Palace, Coburg, Bayern, Germany.


  • (-)
    164 Years Ago Today

    Friday 16th of December 1859

    Folklorist and mythologist Wilhelm Karl Grimm dies of an internal infection at the age of 73 in Berlin, Berlin, Germany.


  • (+)
    157 Years Ago Today Kam der Blaue Reiter

    Sunday 16th of December 1866

    Painter and art theorist Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky is born in Moscow, Central Federal District, Russia.


  • (+)
    141 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 16th of December 1882

    Composer Zoltán Kodály is born in Kecskemét, Dél-Alföld, Hungary.


  • (+)
    124 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 16th of December 1899

    Playwright, director, actor and singer Noël Peirce Coward is born in Teddington, Middlesex, United Kingdom.


  • (+)
    122 Years Ago Today

    Monday 16th of December 1901

    Anthropologist Margaret Mead is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.


  • (-)
    119 Years Ago Today

    Friday 16th of December 1904

    Widow Gladys Cochcrane dies of Spontaneous Human Combustion in Rosehall, Falkirk, Scotland, United Kingdom.

    Cochrane was found burned beyond recognition in her bedroom sitting in a chair surrounded by pillows and cushions which were not burned. Cochrane had not cried out and there was no fire in her grate.


  • (+)
    106 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 16th of December 1917

    Science fiction writer, futurist, inventor, undersea explorer and television series host Arthur C. Charles Clarke known for 2001: A Space Odyssey is born in Minehead, Somerset, United Kingdom.


  • (+)
    95 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 16th of December 1928

    Science fiction writer Philip K. Kindred Dick known for his novel Blade Runner is born in Chicago, Illinois, United States.

    Dick and his twin sister Jane Charlotte were born six weeks prematurely. The death of Jane on 26 January 1929, profoundly affected Philip's life, leading to the recurrent motif of the 'phantom twin' in his books.


  • (-)
    88 Years Ago Today

    Monday 16th of December 1935

    Actress Thelma Alice Todd aka The Bohemian Girl dies of carbon monoxide poisoning at the age of 30 in Pacific Palisades, California, United States.


  • (+)
    85 Years Ago Today

    Friday 16th of December 1938

    Actress Liv Johanne Ullmann is born in Tokyo, Kantō, Japan.


  • (-)
    85 Years Ago Today His Carpet Wasn't Stained

    Friday 16th of December 1938

    Swindler Phillip Mariano Fausto Musica aka F. Donald Coster commits suicide by a shot in the head at the age of 61 in Fairfield, Connecticut, United States.

    Musica was careful to stand in a way that when he fell into a large marble bathtub none of his blood stained the carpet on the floor.


  • (x)
    79 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 16th of December 1944

    567 die in Cinema Rex explosion in Cinema Rex, De Keyserlei 15, Antwerpen, Antwerpen, Belgium.

    The building was caught in a full hit by a V2 during the showing of Cecil B DeMille's ‘The Plainsman’ starring Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur.


  • (+)
    74 Years Ago Today

    Friday 16th of December 1949

    Possible victim of the Zodiac Killer Betty Elizabeth Marie Cloer is born in Lakeview, Oregon, United States.


  • (+)
    67 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 16th of December 1956

    Musician Lizzy Martine-Elisabeth Mercier Descloux is born in Paris, Île-de-France, France.


  • (x)
    63 Years Ago Today He Survived but Died

    Friday 16th of December 1960

    134 die in United Airlines Douglas DC-8-11 Flight 826 and Trans World Airlines Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation Flight 266 collision in Park Slope, New York, Brooklyn, New York, United States.

    The only initial survivor of the tragedy was 11-year-old Stephen Lambert Baltz, but he died of pneumonia the next day.


  • (-)
    58 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 16th of December 1965

    Writer and playwright William Somerset Maugham dies of natural causes at the age of 91 in Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France.


  • (x)
    55 Years Ago Today

    Monday 16th of December 1968

    43-year-old Wiener Aktionist Otto Muehl performs 'Aktion / Das Böse / Tv–film für den WDR' in Praterstraße 32, Wien, Wien, Austria.


  • (x)
    53 Years Ago Today His Father Played the Organ while He Nailed His Mother to the Wall

    Wednesday 16th of December 1970

    16-year-old Multiple murderer Frank Alexander is found beating his 39-year-old mother Dagmar and his 18-year-old and 15-year-old sisters Marina and Petra to death in Flat 1d, 37 Calle Jesús Nazareno, Santa Cruz, Tenerife, Spain.

    Alexander had also been tearing out their hearts and cutting away their sex organs and nailing them to the walls of the flat while his father Harald played the organ in a presumer 'Lorberbewegung' ritual. Petra's twin sister Sabina managed to escape. In the subsequent trial the young Alexander stated "I saw that mom was looking at me, I felt I was not allowed that she looked at me that way."


  • (x)
    53 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 16th of December 1970

    45-year-old Wiener Aktionist Otto Muehl performs 'Weihnacht 70' in Aktionsgalerie Rudolf Jäggli, Uferweg 42, Bern, Mittelland, Switzerland.


  • (x)
    47 Years Ago Today He Failed to End His Song

    Thursday 16th of December 1976

    36-year-old Double murderer Gary Mark Gilmore aka The Executioner’s Song tries to commit suicide in Utah State Prison, Draper, Utah, United States.


  • (-)
    46 Years Ago Today

    Friday 16th of December 1977

    26-year-old Maryann Carr is abducted and killed by serial killer Richard Cottingham aka The Torso Killer in Ledgewood Terrace Apartments, Liberty Street, Little Ferry, New Jersey, United States.

    Carr's body was left on the parking lot of a Quality Inn Motel parking lot.


  • (x)
    38 Years Ago Today Ils n'ont pas Fini Leur Hamburger

    Monday 16th of December 1985

    The four only members, 33-year old Pierre Carette, 30-year-old Didier Chevolet, 28-year-old Pascale Vandegeerde and 23-year-old Bertrand Sassoye of Terrorist organisation Les Cellules Communistes Combattantes aka CCC are arrested in Quick restaurant, Avenue de la Gare 7, Namur, Namur, Belgium.


  • (-)
    34 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 16th of December 1989

    Actor Lee Clarence Leroy Van Cleef dies of a heart attack at the age of 64 in Oxnard, California, United States.


  • (-)
    30 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 16th of December 1993

    Double murderer David Mark Pruett is executed by Old Sparky at the age of 44 in Greensville Correctional Center, Jarratt, Virginia, United States.



  • 19 Years Ago Today The Eyes had it

    Thursday 16th of December 2004

    Musician Jeroen Stevens at a Catholic performance in a record shop (that still owes us about 1.000,- € from cd-sales) in Freaks end Future, Prinsstraat, Antwerpen, Antwerpen, Belgium.


  • (-)
    13 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 16th of December 2010

    Murderer John David Duty is executed by lethal injection at the age of 58 in Oklahoma State Penitentiary, McAlester, Oklahoma, United States.

    Duty was to be the first US prisoner whose execution included the use of the sedative pentobarbital, commonly used to euthanise animals. Duty's last meal request was for a double cheeseburger with mayonnaise, a foot-long hot dog with cheese, mustard and onions, a cherry limeade, and a banana shake.



  • 4 Years Ago Today The Eyes had it

    Monday 16th of December 2019

    A measurement spot for soil contamination in the street in Antwerpen, Borgerhout, Antwerpen, Belgium.



    Print PDF